The BBC National Short Story Award 2022


Established in 2005, the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University was originally conceived to highlight a literary genre regarded as undervalued and under threat. Its aim was to recognise and celebrate the very best writers of short fiction who had no prize equivalent to major literary awards like the Man Booker Prize. Fifteen years on, the short story is in robust health and the BBC National Short Story Award is recognised as the most prestigious for a single short story with the winning writer receiving 15,000 and the four shortlisted writers 600 each. Every year, the shortlisted stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in this anthology by Comma Press.

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