Short Story 2012A record number of writers have been long-listed for this year’s prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

A total of 44 entries were received this year with a notable number of small press and independent publishers submitting short stories for the unique award.

Now in its eighth year, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize it is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories and has attracted established names competing alongside relative newcomers for the £5,000 main prize, a £1,000 Readers’ Prize and an additional category worth £500 acknowledging rising talents on Edge Hill University’s own MA Creative Writing course.

The long-list includes a number of well-established, award-winning writers including Man Booker shortlisted writers Alison Moore and Bernard MacLaverty; John Burnside, winner of the 2011 TS Eliot Prize; Sarah Maitland, previously shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Prize and acclaimed flash fiction writers Dan Rhodes, and Dave Gaffney.

Prize co-ordinator Dr Ailsa Cox, Reader in Creative Writing and English at Edge Hill University, said: “This is a really impressive collection of writers and our largest ever long-list.  It’s especially interesting to see such a strong showing from Irish and Welsh publishers such as Parthian, Seren, Arlen House and New Island Books.

The short story really is flourishing all across the UK thanks to wonderful writers such as those on our list.”

The short-list of five will be revealed in May and the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 3 July at the Free Word Centre, London.  The judges are Kevin Barry (2013 prize winner); journalist and blogger Katie Allen; and Carys Bray (winner of the inaugural MA Prize).

The long-list is as follows:

  • End of Days
Aileen Armstrong Doire Press
  • Miranda’s Shadow
Kitty Fitzgerald Iron Press
  • A Snow Goose
Jim Perrin Cinnamon Press
  • Dream On
Dai Smith Parthian
  • Cosmic Latte
Rachel Trezise Parthian
  • The Answer and Other Love Stories
Rebecca Ray Parthian
  • The Witch Doctor of Umm Seqeim
Craig Hawes Parthian
  • Ship of Fools
Rod Madocks Five Leaves Publications
  • The House on Parkgate Street                                                                                                              
Christine Dwyer Hickey New Island Books
  • The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind
Billy O’Callaghan New Island Books
  • The God Tattoo
Tom Lloyd Gollancz (Imprint of the Orion Publishing Group)
  • Adam Robots
Adam Roberts Gollancz
  • Goodnight Nobody
Ethel Rohan Queen’s Ferry Press
  • Above the Parapet
Alison Lock Indigo Dreams Publishing
  • Something Vital Fell Through
Char March Indigo Dreams Publishing
  • Posthumous Stories
David Rose Salt
  • The Manet Girl
Charles Boyle Salt
  • More Sawn-Off Tales
David Gaffney Salt
  • The Pre-War House and Other Stories
Alison Moore Salt
  • Centurionman – A Collection of Short Stories
Andrew Campbell-Kearsey Spinetinglers Elite Publishing
  • Kontakte and Other Stories
Jonathan Taylor Roman Books
  • Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories
Nina Allan PS Publishing
  • Sleepwalkers
Bernie McGill Whittrick Press
  • The Man Who Understood Women
Rosemary Friedman Arcadia Books
  • Jewels in the Dust
Peter Crowther Subterranean
  • The Syllabus of Errors
Ashley Stokes Unthank Books
  • The Scattering
Jaki McCarrick Seren Books
  • All the Souls
Mary-Ann Constantine Seren Books
  • Lost Property
Calum Kerr Cinder House
  • Once Upon a Timepiece
Starr Wood Bo Tree Books
  • Down With Beauty
Ken Edwards Reality Street
  • Moss Witch
Sara Maitland Comma Press
  • Strobe Lighting
Sian Hughes Biscuit Press
  • Young Skins
Colin Barrett The Stinging Fly
  • Hugging Thistles
Aideen Henry Arlen House
  • Psychotic Episodes
Alan McMonagle Arlen House
  • Hellkite
Geraldine Mills Arlen House
  • Short Shockers 1
Peter James Pan Macmillan
  • Short Shockers 2
Peter James Pan Macmillan
  • Remember Me To The Bees
Judy Darley Scopophilia Publising
  • Marry Me
Dan Rhodes Canongate
  • Something Like Happy
John Burnside Jonathan Cape
  • Finally My Ambulance
Joseph Smith Jonathan Cape
  • Collected Stories
Bernard MacLaverty Jonathan Cape