BBC National Short Story Award 2011

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01Rag Love20110912

The 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.

The 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.

02The Heart Of Denis Noble20110913

The 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.

The 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.

03Wires20110914

The 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.

The 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.

04The Human Circadian Pacemaker20110915

The 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.

The 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.

05 LASTThe Dead Roads20110916

The 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 story in contention for this major award is by DW Wilson.

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.

The 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.