Edge Hill's Ailsa Cox addresses attendees at the Edge Hill Prize 2015 awards evening

Edge Hill’s Ailsa Cox addresses attendees at the Edge Hill Prize 2015 awards evening

Edge Hill University is accepting submissions for the 2016 Edge Hill Short Story Prize, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary by awarding the major category winner an unprecedented £10,000.

The Short Story Prize will also include a £1,000 Reader’s Choice award to a writer from the shortlist, and a further category for stories by Edge Hill University Masters of Arts, Creative Writing.

Edge Hill Prize founder and Professor of Short Fiction, Ailsa Cox said the University is proud to celebrate this significant milestone.

“Throughout the last ten years, the Edge Hill Prize has helped raise the status of the short story, which is often overshadowed by the novel. Our winners are a roll call of world-class talent, including Colm Tóibín, Sarah Hall and Kevin Barry.

“In order to mark this momentous occasion, we are proud to double this years’ prize money from the usual award of £5,000 to £10,000,” she said.

Publishers must submit collections for consideration by Tuesday 1st March, 2016, with awards to be presented at a ceremony in July 2016.

This year’s judges include 2015 winner of the Edge Hill Prize, Kirsty Gunn, whose collection, Infidelities was praised by the judges for its haunting imagery and powerful style. She is joined by Cathy Galvin, Director of The Word Factory, and Edge Hill Creative Writing Lecturer, Billy Cowan.

 In order to be eligible, collections must be published during 2015. Authors must be born or normally reside in the British Isles (including Ireland). Judges reserve the right to call in additional entries to those submitted by publishers awarded for a published short story collection.

The Edge Hill Prize remains the only UK based award that recognizes excellence in a published short story collection. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Prize, an anthology of stories from shortlisted authors will be the launched in 2016 as the first publication of the Edge Hill University Press in partnership with Freight Books.

To submit an entry or find out more about the Edge Hill Prize, visit https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/shortstory