BBC National Short Story Award

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre.

The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row.

The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks.

The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry.

The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust.

The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line.

Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement.

Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit.

This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre.

Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media.

The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

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By Julian Gough. The comic tale of an orphan desperately needing to go to the toilet.

By Julian Gough. The comic tale of an orphan desperately needing to go to the toilet. Conor Lovett reads 2007's winning entry.

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By Claire Wigfall. A young woman on a remote island finds solace in the logic of numbers.

By Claire Wigfall. Readings of the stories short-listed for this year's BBC National Short Story Award, which has attracted more than 600 submissions and includes entries by some of the biggest names in British fiction. The stories are read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent.

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Elliott learns the true cost of his father's love when the retired professor visits.

200903Hitting Trees With Sticks By Jane Rogers20111005 (BBC7)Celia reflects on her life and love of nature, but is her faltering memory too much like her mother's? Read by Julia McKenzie.

Celia reflects on her life, but is her faltering memory too much like her mother's?

"Celia reflects on her life and love of nature, but is her faltering memory too much like her mother's? Read by Julia McKenzie.

Celia reflects on her life, but is her faltering memory too much like her mother's?"

20100120101115Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre.

The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row.

The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks.

The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry.

The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust.

The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line.

Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement.

Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit.

This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre.

Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media.

The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award, read by Sian Thomas.

It is followed by the award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Colm Tóibín, on a very personal selection of extracts from his favourite short stories.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins and Emma Harding.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

"

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award, read by Sian Thomas. It is followed by the award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Colm Tóibín, on a very personal selection of extracts from his favourite short stories.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit.

The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

"The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award, read by Sian Thomas. It is followed by the award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Colm Tóibín, on a very personal selection of extracts from his favourite short stories.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins and Emma Harding.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award, read by Sian Thomas

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award, read by Sian Thomas. It is followed by the award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Colm Tóibín, on a very personal selection of extracts from his favourite short stories.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins and Emma Harding.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre.

The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row.

The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks.

The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry.

The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust.

The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line.

Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement.

Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit.

This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre.

Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media.

The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

"

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award, read by Sian Thomas.

It is followed by the award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Colm Tóibín, on a very personal selection of extracts from his favourite short stories.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins and Emma Harding.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award."

20100220101116The second of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigous award from published writers.

Read by Emma Rydall.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

The second of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

"

The second of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigous award from published writers. Read by Emma Rydall. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The second of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigous award from published writers.

Read by Emma Rydall.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

The second of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

The second of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigous award from published writers.

Read by Emma Rydall.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

The second of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

The second of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigous award from published writers. Read by Emma Rydall. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The second of the five stories shortlisted for this prestigous award from published writers. Read by Emma Rydall. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The second of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

20100320101117The first chance to hear the third shortlisted story in contention for this major award by established writers.

Read by Ron Cook.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The third shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

"

The first chance to hear the third shortlisted story in contention for this major award by established writers. Read by Ron Cook. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The first chance to hear the third shortlisted story in contention for this major award by established writers.

Read by Ron Cook.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The third shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

The first chance to hear the third shortlisted story in contention for this major award by established writers.

Read by Ron Cook.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The third shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

The first chance to hear the third shortlisted story in contention for this major award by established writers. Read by Ron Cook. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The first chance to hear the third shortlisted story in contention for this major award by established writers. Read by Ron Cook. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The third shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

201004My Daughter The Racist20101118The first chance to hear the fourth shortlisted story in contention for this major award for established writers.

Read by Sirine Saba.

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

The fourth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

The first chance to hear the fourth shortlisted story in contention for this major award for established writers. Read by Sirine Saba. Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The first chance to hear the fourth shortlisted story in contention for this major award for established writers. Read by Sirine Saba. Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Now in its fifth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and is leading the way in the current revival of the genre. The five stories short-listed for the award will be announced on the evening of Thursday 11th November, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row. The short-listed stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 15th to Friday, 19th November, and will be available to download free for the following two weeks. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 29th November, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The BBC National Short Story Award (formerly known as the National Short Story Prize) was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry. The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three short-listed stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

The Short Story has always thrived on Radio 4 and, after a period of neglect at the end of the last century, is now enjoying a renaissance in print and increasingly on-line. Together the BBC and Booktrust are delighted to be part of this papable revival of interest and excitement. Now firmly established in the literary calendar, the BBC NSSA continues to support this progress, to reward both writers and publishers who engage with the genre and to enhance the short story's profile across the literary world.

This year's judging panel comprises of the writers Shena Mackay, Kamila Shamsie, Owen Sheers, the broadcaster Jim Naughtie and Di Speirs, the Editor of the BBC Readings Unit. This year's Award includes entries by some of the biggest names and the most exciting new talent in British fiction, as well as some new names at the cutting edge of the genre. Read by a selection of the nation's leading acting talent, the broadcast of the short list will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience and will attract attention throughout the national media. The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK, and possibly the globe, and this week of broadcasts will also highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

The fourth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

201005 LASTHaywards Heath20101119The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna.

Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn.

Read by Hugh Quarshie.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.

The fifth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna. Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn. Read by Hugh Quarshie. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna.

Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn.

Read by Hugh Quarshie.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.

The fifth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna. Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn. Read by Hugh Quarshie. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna.

Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn.

Read by Hugh Quarshie.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.

The fifth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna. Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn. Read by Hugh Quarshie. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.

The fifth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

The fifth story in contention for this major award for established writers is Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna. Memories of a lost love lead to a reunion, but things take an unexpected turn. Read by Hugh Quarshie. Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A link to a free podcast of the story will be available for download for two weeks following broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 website, where you can also watch previews of the other shortlisted stories and join the debate about this year's shortlist.

The fifth shortlisted story in contention for this major award.

201101Rag Love20110912The first chance to hear each of the five stories in contention for this year's BBC National Short Story Award an exciting mix of short fiction by established and newer writers ranging from the contemporary, the intriguing, to the poignant.

Now in its sixth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story.

The five stories shortlisted for the award will be announced on the evening of Friday, 9th September, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme, Front Row.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Radio 4, from Monday, 12th to Friday, 16th September, and the series will be available as a free podcast for the following two weeks.

The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday, 26th September, live from the awards ceremony in central London.

This year's judging panel comprises, Sue MacGregor, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster (Chair), Joe Dunthorne, poet and author of Submarine, author and journalist Geoff Dyer, Tessa Hadley, whose most recent novel is The London Train, and Di Speirs, Editor Readings, BBC Radio.

The BBC National Short Story Award was created to reward the very best of short story writing by published authors and to foster a new engagement with the form from both the public and the wider publishing industry.

The BBC National Short Story Award is funded by the BBC, and is administered in partnership with Booktrust.

The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and the other three shortlisted stories £500 each; as well as being broadcast, the stories will appear in a published anthology and, in their audio form, will also be available from AudioGo later in the year.

Read by a selection of the nation's leading and up and coming acting talent, the broadcast of the shortlist will undoubtedly bring some of the most exciting established and new writing to our audience.

The Award is moving forward by two months in 2011 from November to September to coincide with Books on the BBC 2011 - a major season of programmes focusing on literature.

Read by Mike Sengelow.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

201102The Heart Of Denis Noble20110913The second of the five stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011.

This year's shortlist is an exciting mix of short fiction by established and newer writers ranging from the contemporary, the intriguing, to the poignant.

Now in its sixth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story.

The winner will be announced on the evening of Monday, 26th September, live from the award ceremony, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme, Front Row.

Read by Tim Pigott-Smith

Abridged by Viv Beeby

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The second of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

201103Wires20110914The third of the five stories on the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011.

Reader: Lydia Wilson

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Established and newer writers bring an exciting mix of short fiction to Radio 4.

Now in its sixth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story.

The five stories shortlisted for the award will be announced on the evening of Friday, 9th September, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row, and the winning entry on Monday, 26th September live from the awards ceremony in central London.

The third of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

201104The Human Circadian Pacemaker20110915The fourth of the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011.

This year's shortlist brings an exciting mix of stories ranging from the contemporary, the intriguing to the poignant by established and newer writers.

Now in its sixth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story.

The five stories shortlisted for the award will be announced on the evening of Friday, 9th September, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row, and the winning entry live at the awards ceremony in central London on Monday, 26th September.

Read by Indira Varma.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The fourth of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

201105 LASTThe Dead Roads20110916The fifth story in contention for this major award is by D W Wilson.

Violence threatens to break out as three friends road trip across Canada.

Reader: Trevor White

Abridger: Alison Joseph

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Established and newer writers bring an exciting mix of short fiction to Radio 4.

Now in its sixth year the BBC National Short Story Award is an exciting annual award that celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story.

The five stories shortlisted for the award will be announced on the evening of Friday, 9th September, on Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row, and the winning entry live from the award ceremony on Monday, 26th September.

The fifth of the five stories on the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011.

The fifth of the five shortlisted stories in contention for this major award.

2013012013092320140922 (BBC7)
20140923 (BBC7)
By Sarah Hall. A husband is shocked when his wife undergoes a remarkable transformation.

Andrea Riseborough reads this earthy, sensual fable by Sarah Hall. A husband is shocked out of his complacency when his wife undergoes a remarkable transformation.

Written by Sarah Hall

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Gemma Jenkins

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2013 shortlist reveals the strength and depth of the current short story scene, with five very different but equally beguiling stories vying for the top position and the £15,000 Award. From the pens of writers both hugely acclaimed and very new, come tales that range from the magical to the all too real. Surprising twists, quiet grief and vivid imagination are hallmarks of this year's bumper crop.

The readers include Hattie Morahan, Andrea Riseborough and Claire Skinner. Running across the week (and with the authors interviewed on Front Row the previous evening) listeners can enjoy a literary treat at 15.30 each afternoon from Monday, 23rd September and maybe choose their own favourites. The winner and the runner-up will be announced live on Front Row on Tuesday, 8th October. The stories will be available as a free download following broadcast, and in an anthology published by Comma Press.

2013022013092420140923 (BBC7)
20140924 (BBC7)
The annual family holiday to the Welsh coast conjures childhood memories of a car packed full of children, parents, grandparents, picnics and arguments. In trips taken years later tensions old and new remain ever present.

Written by Lisa Blower

Read by Rebekah Staton

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

By Lisa Blower. The annual holiday conjures memories of children, picnics and arguments.

The annual family holiBbc Proms - 2017

Proms At... Southwark Cathedral

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The BBC Singers perform the world premiere of Judith Weir's In the Land of Uz.

The BBC Singers with Chief Conductor David Hill perform the world premiere of In the Land of Uz, by the group's Associate Composer Judith Weir. Joined by tenor Adrian Thompson and the Nash Ensemble, with Stephen Farr at the organ, In the Land of Uz is a dramatised reading of the biblical Book of Job, from which all the text is taken.

The BBC Singers also perform Palestrina's masterful Missa 'Confitebor tibi' in the sumptuous acoustic of Southwark Cathedral.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Offertorium 'Confitebor tibi, Domine'; Missa 'Confitebor tibi'

Judith Weir: In the Land of Uz (BBC commission: world premiere)

Adrian Thompson, tenor
BBC Singers
Nash Ensemble
Stephen Farr, organ
David Hill, conductor

Presented by Georgia Mann.

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2013032013092520140924 (BBC7)
20140925 (BBC7)
By Lionel Shriver. Resentments finally surface years after the World Trade Center attacks.

Lionel Shriver's story takes the form of a letter in which long held resentments are finally expressed, ten years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Read by Nancy Crane

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

2013042013092620140925 (BBC7)
20140926 (BBC7)
Hattie Morahan reads the next story up for this prestigious award, a chronicle of the happenings and lives of the neglectful inhabitants of a particular house.

Written by Lucy Wood

Abridged by Miranda Davies

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

On Tuesday, 8th October the announcement of the winning short story and the runner up will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House on Front Row.

By Lucy Wood. The lives and happenings of the neglectful inhabitants of a particular house

201305 LAST2013092720140926 (BBC7)
20140927 (BBC7)
By Lavinia Greenlaw. Haunting story about the chaos of a disintegrating relationship.

Claire Skinner reads the fifth story in contention for this prestigious award. Love and science collide in this haunting story about the chaos of a disintegrating relationship, a civil war and the trajectory of meteorites.

Written by Lavinia Greenlaw

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

On Tuesday, 8th October the announcement of the winning short story and the runner up will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House on Front Row.

2014012014092220140929 (BBC7)
20140930 (BBC7)
Carey Mulligan reads Tessa Hadley's shortlisted story about exposing unspoken tensions.

Carey Mulligan reads Tessa Hadley's shortlisted story, the first in contention for this prestigious award. A child's dramatic reaction to a dream exposes unspoken tensions in the family home.

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Carey Mulligan reads the first of the shortlisted stories in contention for this year's prestigious award.

Now in its ninth year, the BBC National Short Story Award continues to be one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2014 short list crowns a year which has seen short story writers scoop many of the major literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker International Prize.

The shortlist for this year's BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust comprises five beguiling and compelling stories from a mix of terrifically acclaimed writers in the genre and exciting up-and-coming writers, all vying for the top award of £15,000. Pivoting on transformative moments in people's lives, the stories are intimate explorations and reflections of coming of age, the attritions of time, love and betrayal. They take listeners across the globe from Wales and Kenya to London and New York.

The readers of this year's shortlist include Carey Mulligan and Rebecca Hall. Listeners can enjoy each story at 3.30pm from Monday 22nd September, following an interview with the author on the previous evening's Front Row (beginning on Friday 19th September). The shortlist will be announced on Front Row on Wednesday 17th September, and the winner and the runner-up will be announced in a special edition of the programme live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Tuesday 30th September.

The stories will be available as a free download following broadcast, and in an anthology published by Comma Press.

2014022014092320140930 (BBC7)
20141001 (BBC7)
Rebecca Hall reads Rose Tremain's shortlisted story about a transgressive love affair.

Rebecca Hall reads one of the five contenders for this major award for the short story.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Now in its ninth year, the BBC National Short Story Award continues to be one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2014 short list crowns a year which has seen short story writers scoop many of the major literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker International Prize.

The shortlist for this year's BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust comprises five beguiling and compelling stories from a mix of terrifically acclaimed writers in the genre and exciting up-and-coming writers, all vying for the top award of £15,000. Pivoting on transformative moments in people's lives, the stories are intimate explorations and reflections of coming of age, the attritions of time, love and betrayal. They take listeners across the globe from Wales and Kenya to London and New York.

The readers of this year's shortlist include Carey Mulligan and Rebecca Hall. Listeners can enjoy each story at 3.30pm from Monday 22nd September, following an interview with the author on the previous evening's Front Row (beginning on Friday 19th September). The shortlist will be announced on Front Row on Wednesday 17th September, and the winner and the runner-up will be announced in a special edition of the programme live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Tuesday 30th September.

The stories will be available as a free download following broadcast, and in an anthology published by Comma Press.

2014032014092420141001 (BBC7)
20141002 (BBC7)
In Francesca Rhydderch's story, set in WWI, Daisy comes of age. Carys Eleri reads.

Francesca Rhydderch's shortlisted story for this prestigious award is set in the aftermath of WW1. On the cusp of womanhood, Daisy's life is altered with the arrival of a stranger who compels her to confront new feelings. Carys Eleri reads.

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

2014042014092520141002 (BBC7)
20141003 (BBC7)
Zadie Smith's story about a fading American cabaret artiste. Read by Noma Dumezweni.

The next shortlisted story in contention for this prestigious award.

Noma Dumezweni reads Zadie Smith's story about a fading cabaret artiste. Long held resentments find an outlet when Miss Adele makes a stand while shopping for corsets on the East Side of New York.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

201405 LAST2014092620141003 (BBC7)
20141004 (BBC7)
Lionel Shriver's winning story for this prestigious award for a single short story is about a naïve, young woman who makes her first trip abroad and finds herself in peril. Nancy Crane is the reader.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In Lionel Shriver's shortlisted story, a young woman is imperilled. Nancy Crane reads.

In Lionel Shriver's shortlisted story a naïve, freeloading, young woman makes her first trip abroad and finds herself in peril. Nancy Crane reads the next contender for this prestigious award for a single short story.

Now in its ninth year, the BBC National Short Story Award continues to be one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2014 short list crowns a year which has seen short story writers scoop many of the major literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Man Booker International Prize.

The shortlist for this year's BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust comprises five beguiling and compelling stories from a mix of terrifically acclaimed writers in the genre and exciting up-and-coming writers, all vying for the top award of £15,000. Pivoting on transformative moments in people's lives, the stories are intimate explorations and reflections of coming of age, the attritions of time, love and betrayal. They take listeners across the globe from Wales and Kenya to London and New York.

The readers of this year's shortlist include Carey Mulligan and Rebecca Hall. Listeners can enjoy each story at 3.30pm from Monday 22nd September, following an interview with the author on the previous evening's Front Row (beginning on Friday 19th September). The shortlist will be announced on Front Row on Wednesday 17th September, and the winner and the runner-up will be announced in a special edition of the programme live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Tuesday 30th September.

The stories will be available as a free download following broadcast, and in an anthology published by Comma Press.

2016Disappearances20170915 (BBC7)"By KJ Orr. Reinvention and disguise offer a retired professional another way to be.

KJ Orr's winning story. Reinvention and disguise offer a retired professional another way to be. Read by David Horovitch.

KJ Orr was born, and lives, in London. Light Box, her first collection of short stories, was published in February 2016. Her stories have appeared in publications including Best British Short Stories 2015, the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the White Review and the Sunday Times Magazine, and have been recognised by numerous awards including the BBC National Short Story Award and the Bridport Prize. K J Orr was previously shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust in 2011.

The five shortlisted stories for the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 comprised a mix of established and new writers of this most inventive and imaginative of genres. Human connection, the desire for it, and what happens when it falls away are at the heart of this year's shortlist, which takes us across the globe and the generations, shining a light on the intimate inner lives of each story's protagonist.

KJ Orr's Disappearances was announced as the winner on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"

2016Garments20170912 (BBC7)"By Tahmima Anam. An impoverished woman pays a high price for seeking a better life.

Tahmima Anam's shortlisted tale of an impoverished woman paying a high price for seeking a better life. Read by Ayesha Dharker.

Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University and now lives in Hackney, London. An anthropologist and novelist, her debut novel, A Golden Age, was winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times and a judge for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

The five shortlisted stories for the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 comprised a mix of established and new writers of this most inventive and imaginative of genres. Human connection, the desire for it, and what happens when it falls away are at the heart of this year's shortlist, which takes us across the globe and the generations, shining a light on the intimate inner lives of each story's protagonist.

The winner and the runner up were announced on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Produced by Julian Wilkinson.

"

2016In A Right State20170911 (BBC7)"By Hilary Mantel. Comic tale full of unlikely memories, lost lives and the odd bad joke.

Hilary Mantel's shortlisted comic story is filled with unlikely memories, lost lives and the odd bad joke. Read by Miriam Margolyes.

Hilary Mantel was born in Derbyshire, educated at a Cheshire convent and now lives in Devon. She graduated in law in 1973 and was briefly a hospital social worker, and later a teacher in Africa and the Middle East. She has been a full-time writer since the mid-1980s, reviewing books and films and producing contemporary and historical fiction. She has won two Man Booker prizes, the Costa Book of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize (among others). In 2015 she received a joint Tony nomination for the Broadway version of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Hilary Mantel was previously shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust in 2015.

The five shortlisted stories for the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 comprised a mix of established and new writers of this most inventive and imaginative of genres. Human connection, the desire for it, and what happens when it falls away are at the heart of this year's shortlist, which takes us across the globe and the generations, shining a light on the intimate inner lives of each story's protagonist.

The winner and the runner up were announced on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Produced by Julian Wilkinson.

"

2016Morning, Noon And Night20170913 (BBC7)"By Claire-Louise Bennett. The rhythms of the everyday lead a young woman to sanctuary.

Announced as runner-up, Claire-Louise Bennett's story the rhythms of the everyday lead a young woman to solace and sanctuary. Read by Vanessa Kirby.

Claire-Louise Bennett was born in Wiltshire but now lives in Galway. Her first book, Pond was published in 2015 and has been translated into Spanish, Dutch and Norwegian. It was recently shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Claire-Louise's stories and essays have appeared in The White Review, Guernica, The Irish Times, gorse, and Paper Visual Art Journal, among others. This year she has produced art writing for Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Nottingham Contemporary, the Tate, and 126 Artist-Led Gallery.

The five shortlisted stories for the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 comprised a mix of established and new writers of this most inventive and imaginative of genres. Human connection, the desire for it, and what happens when it falls away are at the heart of this year's shortlist, which takes us across the globe and the generations, shining a light on the intimate inner lives of each story's protagonist.

The winner and the runner up were announced on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"

2016The Darkest Place In England20170914 (BBC7)"By Lavinia Greenlaw. A teenage girl on a deep dark moor is drawn into a different darkness

Lavinia Greenlaw's shortlisted tale. A teenage girl on a dark moor is drawn into a different darkness. Read by Kate O'Flynn.

Lavinia Greenlaw was born, and still lives, in London. She has published five collections of poetry, most recently A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde. Her other works include two novels and the memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls. Audio Obscura, her immersive soundwork for Artangel/Manchester International Festival won the 2011 Ted Hughes Award. She has also completed her first short film, The Sea is an Edge and an Ending, a study of the impact of dementia on our sense of time and place, drawing on Shakespeare's Tempest. Her work for radio includes documentaries about vision and light, she has also written and directed several radio dramas. Lavinia Greenlaw was previously shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust in 2013.

The five shortlisted stories for the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 comprised a mix of established and new writers of this most inventive and imaginative of genres. Human connection, the desire for it, and what happens when it falls away are at the heart of this year's shortlist, which takes us across the globe and the generations, shining a light on the intimate inner lives of each story's protagonist.

The winner and the runner up were announced on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"