BBC National Short Story Award 2013

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01Bbc National Short Story Award20130923

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.

02Bbc National Short Story Award20130924

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.

03Bbc National Short Story Award20130925

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.

04Bbc National Short Story Award20130926

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.

05 LASTBbc National Short Story Award20130927

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.