BBC National Short Story Award - BBC National Short Story Award 2017

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"if A Book Is Locked There's Probably A Good Reason For That, Don't You Think? By Helen Oyeyemi"20170920

Helen Oyeyemi 's story about an office newcomer is shortlisted. Tamara Lawrance reads.

In Helen Oyeyemi's shortlisted tale office politics turn dark when a newcomer's handbag is upturned and secrets spill out. Tamara Lawrance reads.

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including The Icarus Girl (2005); The Opposite House (2007); White is for Witching (2009), which won a Somerset Maugham Award and was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist; Mr Fox (2011) and Boy, Snow, Bird (2014), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her short story collection, What is not yours is not yours was published in 2016 and won the PEN Open Book Award. Helen was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She studied social and political sciences at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

If A Book Is Locked There's Probably A Good Reason For That, Don't You Think? By Helen Oyeyemi20170920

Helen Oyeyemi 's story about an office newcomer is shortlisted. Tamara Lawrance reads.

In Helen Oyeyemi's shortlisted tale office politics turn dark when a newcomer's handbag is upturned and secrets spill out. Tamara Lawrance reads.

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including The Icarus Girl (2005); The Opposite House (2007); White is for Witching (2009), which won a Somerset Maugham Award and was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist; Mr Fox (2011) and Boy, Snow, Bird (2014), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her short story collection, What is not yours is not yours was published in 2016 and won the PEN Open Book Award. Helen was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She studied social and political sciences at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

If A Book Is Locked There's Probably A Good Reason For That, Don't You Think? By Helen Oyeyemi20170920

Helen Oyeyemi 's story about an office newcomer is shortlisted. Tamara Lawrance reads.

In Helen Oyeyemi's shortlisted tale office politics turn dark when a newcomer's handbag is upturned and secrets spill out. Tamara Lawrance reads.

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including The Icarus Girl (2005); The Opposite House (2007); White is for Witching (2009), which won a Somerset Maugham Award and was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist; Mr Fox (2011) and Boy, Snow, Bird (2014), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her short story collection, What is not yours is not yours was published in 2016 and won the PEN Open Book Award. Helen was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She studied social and political sciences at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

If A Book Is Locked There's Probably A Good Reason For That, Don't You Think? By Helen Oyeyemi20170920

Helen Oyeyemi 's story about an office newcomer is shortlisted. Tamara Lawrance reads.

In Helen Oyeyemi's shortlisted tale office politics turn dark when a newcomer's handbag is upturned and secrets spill out. Tamara Lawrance reads.

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including The Icarus Girl (2005); The Opposite House (2007); White is for Witching (2009), which won a Somerset Maugham Award and was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist; Mr Fox (2011) and Boy, Snow, Bird (2014), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her short story collection, What is not yours is not yours was published in 2016 and won the PEN Open Book Award. Helen was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2013. She studied social and political sciences at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Murmur by Will Eaves20170921

"Will Eaves's story about the price of transgression is shortlisted. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves's story - a vivdly narrated account of a man finding himself on the wrong side of conventional morality - is on the shortlist. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011. He teaches in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four novels: The Oversight ( 2001; shortlisted for the Whitbread - now Costa - First Novel Award), Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005; shortlisted for the Encore Award), This Is Paradise (2012), and The Absent Therapist ( 2014; shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize); and two collections of poetry: Sound Houses ( 2011) and The Inevitable Gift Shop ( 2016; shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"

Murmur By Will Eaves20170921

Will Eaves's story about the price of transgression is shortlisted. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves's story - a vivdly narrated account of a man finding himself on the wrong side of conventional morality - is on the shortlist. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011. He teaches in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four novels: The Oversight ( 2001; shortlisted for the Whitbread - now Costa - First Novel Award), Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005; shortlisted for the Encore Award), This Is Paradise (2012), and The Absent Therapist ( 2014; shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize); and two collections of poetry: Sound Houses ( 2011) and The Inevitable Gift Shop ( 2016; shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Murmur By Will Eaves20170921

Will Eaves's story about the price of transgression is shortlisted. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves's story - a vivdly narrated account of a man finding himself on the wrong side of conventional morality - is on the shortlist. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011. He teaches in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four novels: The Oversight ( 2001; shortlisted for the Whitbread - now Costa - First Novel Award), Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005; shortlisted for the Encore Award), This Is Paradise (2012), and The Absent Therapist ( 2014; shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize); and two collections of poetry: Sound Houses ( 2011) and The Inevitable Gift Shop ( 2016; shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Murmur By Will Eaves20170921

Will Eaves's story about the price of transgression is shortlisted. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves's story - a vivdly narrated account of a man finding himself on the wrong side of conventional morality - is on the shortlist. Blake Ritson reads.

Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011. He teaches in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four novels: The Oversight ( 2001; shortlisted for the Whitbread - now Costa - First Novel Award), Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005; shortlisted for the Encore Award), This Is Paradise (2012), and The Absent Therapist ( 2014; shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize); and two collections of poetry: Sound Houses ( 2011) and The Inevitable Gift Shop ( 2016; shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The Collector by Benjamin Markovits20170918

"Kyle Soller reads the first entry up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

In Benjamin Markovits's shortlisted story a lonely man is struggling to come to terms with recent events which are shrouded in mystery. Kyle Soller reads.

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, Oxford and Berlin. He has published seven novels, including Either Side of Winter, about a New York private school, and a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves. His most recent novel, You Don't Have To Live Like This, about an experimental community in Detroit, won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. He won a Pushcart Prize for his short story Another Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Rowan Routh
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"

The Collector by Benjamin Markovits20170918

Kyle Soller reads the first entry up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

In Benjamin Markovits's shortlisted story a lonely man is struggling to come to terms with recent events which are shrouded in mystery. Kyle Soller reads.

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, Oxford and Berlin. He has published seven novels, including Either Side of Winter, about a New York private school, and a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves. His most recent novel, You Don't Have To Live Like This, about an experimental community in Detroit, won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. He won a Pushcart Prize for his short story Another Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Rowan Routh
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The Collector By Benjamin Markovits20170918

Kyle Soller reads the first entry up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

In Benjamin Markovits's shortlisted story a lonely man is struggling to come to terms with recent events which are shrouded in mystery. Kyle Soller reads.

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, Oxford and Berlin. He has published seven novels, including Either Side of Winter, about a New York private school, and a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves. His most recent novel, You Don't Have To Live Like This, about an experimental community in Detroit, won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. He won a Pushcart Prize for his short story Another Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Rowan Routh
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The Collector By Benjamin Markovits20170918

Kyle Soller reads the first entry up for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

In Benjamin Markovits's shortlisted story a lonely man is struggling to come to terms with recent events which are shrouded in mystery. Kyle Soller reads.

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, Oxford and Berlin. He has published seven novels, including Either Side of Winter, about a New York private school, and a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron: Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves. His most recent novel, You Don't Have To Live Like This, about an experimental community in Detroit, won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. He won a Pushcart Prize for his short story Another Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Rowan Routh
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The Edge of the Shoal by Cynan Jones20170919

"Cynan Jones's dramatic tale of survival is on the shortlist. Jamie Parker reads.

Cynan Jones's shortlisted story of survival on the seas has made the shortlist. Jamie Parker reads

Cynan Jones is the author of five novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, The Dig, Bird, Blood, Snow and Cove. His work is widely translated, and short stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta Magazine and The New Yorker. He also scripted an episode of the television crime drama Hinterland. He has won a Betty Trask Award, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, and a Jerwood Fiction Prize, and a chapter of The Dig was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award in 2013. His latest novel Cove is currently longlisted for the Europese Literatuurprijs (in the Netherlands).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Simon Richardson.

"

The Edge Of The Shoal By Cynan Jones20170919

Cynan Jones's dramatic tale of survival is on the shortlist. Jamie Parker reads.

Cynan Jones's shortlisted story of survival on the seas has made the shortlist. Jamie Parker reads

Cynan Jones is the author of five novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, The Dig, Bird, Blood, Snow and Cove. His work is widely translated, and short stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta Magazine and The New Yorker. He also scripted an episode of the television crime drama Hinterland. He has won a Betty Trask Award, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, and a Jerwood Fiction Prize, and a chapter of The Dig was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award in 2013. His latest novel Cove is currently longlisted for the Europese Literatuurprijs (in the Netherlands).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Simon Richardson.

The Edge Of The Shoal By Cynan Jones20170919

Cynan Jones's dramatic tale of survival is on the shortlist. Jamie Parker reads.

Cynan Jones's shortlisted story of survival on the seas has made the shortlist. Jamie Parker reads

Cynan Jones is the author of five novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, The Dig, Bird, Blood, Snow and Cove. His work is widely translated, and short stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta Magazine and The New Yorker. He also scripted an episode of the television crime drama Hinterland. He has won a Betty Trask Award, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, and a Jerwood Fiction Prize, and a chapter of The Dig was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award in 2013. His latest novel Cove is currently longlisted for the Europese Literatuurprijs (in the Netherlands).

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Simon Richardson.

The Waken by Jenni Fagan20170922

"Jenni Fagan's story on revenge and transformation is shortlisted. Joanna Vanderham reads.

Jenni Fagan's shortlisted story is set on a Scottish island where a young woman with vengeance on her mind has a transformative experience. Joanna Vanderham reads

Jenni Fagan has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the James Tait Black Prize for her debut novel The Panoptican (2012). In 2013, she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Young Novelists and appointed as a writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

"

The Waken By Jenni Fagan20170922

Jenni Fagan's story on revenge and transformation is shortlisted. Joanna Vanderham reads.

Jenni Fagan's shortlisted story is set on a Scottish island where a young woman with vengeance on her mind has a transformative experience. Joanna Vanderham reads

Jenni Fagan has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the James Tait Black Prize for her debut novel The Panoptican (2012). In 2013, she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Young Novelists and appointed as a writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The Waken By Jenni Fagan20170922

Jenni Fagan's story on revenge and transformation is shortlisted. Joanna Vanderham reads.

Jenni Fagan's shortlisted story is set on a Scottish island where a young woman with vengeance on her mind has a transformative experience. Joanna Vanderham reads

Jenni Fagan has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the James Tait Black Prize for her debut novel The Panoptican (2012). In 2013, she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Young Novelists and appointed as a writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The Waken By Jenni Fagan20170922

Jenni Fagan's story on revenge and transformation is shortlisted. Joanna Vanderham reads.

Jenni Fagan's shortlisted story is set on a Scottish island where a young woman with vengeance on her mind has a transformative experience. Joanna Vanderham reads

Jenni Fagan has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the James Tait Black Prize for her debut novel The Panoptican (2012). In 2013, she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Young Novelists and appointed as a writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh.

Now in its twelfth year, the five shortlisted stories in contention for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflect an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

The shortlisted stories will be broadcast from Monday, 18th September until Friday, 22nd September at 3.30pm. The authors themselves will appear on Front Row throughout the week. The winning story will be revealed at the award ceremony on 3rd October which will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House at 7.15.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.