Front covers of the five short stories that have made the shortlist

Five collections have made the shortlist of the Edge Hill Prize 2020 today. The Prize is the only UK-based award that recognises excellence in a single author short story collection. The collections are:

  • Paris Syndrome by Lucy Sweeney Byrne (Banshee Press)
  • This Paradise by Ruby Cowling (Boiler House Press)
  • What Are You Like by Shelley Day (Postbox Press)
  • Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall (Faber)
  • This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim (Influx Press)

“It was a bit of a challenge this year to get the all female longlist down to five books. But we did it! And we’re thrilled that the shortlist contains four books from small publishers; our first flash fiction collection (Day); two debuts (Byrne and Cowling); and the return of Sarah Hall who won the main Prize in 2012 and the reader’s prize in 2018.”

— Billy Cowan, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and organiser of the Edge Hill Prize

The winner of the £10,000 prize, along with the winners of the Readers Prize and the MA prize for a Creative Writing student at Edge Hill, will be announced in November.

This year’s judges are last year’s winner David Szalay, Sara Hunt (managing director of Saraband Publishing) and creative writing lecturer Dr Zayneb Allak.

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize was founded in 2006 by the world’s first Professor of Short Fiction, Ailsa Cox, to highlight the intricate artisanship of short story writing and acknowledge the wealth of published collections available.