Organisers of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, who are marking the tenth anniversary of the award this year, have revealed an exciting and eclectic longlist for 2016.
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 £10,000 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 2016 longlist includes a strong showing from Irish and Scottish authors, and a number of prize-winning writers, including Kate Clanchy, winner of the 2009 BBC Short Story Prize, China Mieville, three-time winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award and winner of the British Fantasy Award twice and Donal Ryan whose novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and won the Guardian First Book Award in the same year.
Ailsa Cox, Professor of Short Fiction and organiser of the Short Story Prize said: “We are excited to be able to mark the tenth anniversary of our prize with such a strong longlist of authors from across the UK and Ireland. It is fitting that in our anniversary year a previous winner features in the list – Graham Mort (Winner 2011) – as well as two previously shortlisted authors – Helen Simpson and Ali Smith. We face a tough task in the judging stages, but our tenth anniversary prize will truly showcase some of the best talent in the genre.
The Edge Hill Prize is awarded annually by Edge Hill University for excellence in a published single author short story collection. A shortlist of six will be announced in May, and the winner announced on 5th July at a special celebration co-hosted with The Word Factory in London. Judges are last year’s winner, Kirsty Gunn; Cathy Galvin, Director of The Word Factory; and Edge Hill Creative Writing Lecturer, Billy Cowan.
The Edge Hill Prize 2016 Longlist
Angela Readman – Don’t Try This at Home
Angela Readman’s stories have been published in a number of anthologies and magazines, and have won awards such as the Inkspill Magazine short story competition and the National Flash Fiction competition. The title story in this collection was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Prize in 2012, and she went on to win the same competition with ‘the Keeper of the Jackelopes’ in 2013, also in this collection.
Aidan Mathews – Charlie Chaplin’s Wishbone
Aidan Matthews has written two previous short story collections, Adventures in Bathyscope and Lipstick on the Host, as well as novels and award winning poetry. He currently works as a drama producer for RTĔ
Ali Smith – Public Library
Ali Smith is the multi-awarding author of the novel How to be Both. She has published four previous collections of short stories, as well as numerous successful novels. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was appointed CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to literature. She was previously shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize.
Andrew Fox – Over Our Heads
Andrew Fox was born in Dublin in 1985. He now lives in New York. This is his first book.
China Miéville – Three Moments of an Explosion
China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice. The City & The City, an existential thriller, was received critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell and Philip K. Dick. This is his third collection of short stories.
Chrissie Gittins – Between Here and Knitwear
Christie Gittins is a poet, playwright and short story writer. Her work has been shortlisted for a variety of prizes, including the Manchester Children’s Literature Prize and the CLPE Poetry Award. Her poetry for children has been animated for CBeebies and her stories and poems broadcast on BBC Radio Four, with all four radio plays highlighted as Radio Choice by the Radio Times.
Claire-Louise Bennett – Pond
Claire-Louise Bennett’s short fiction and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Moth and The Irish Times, to name but a few. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013. This is her first collection.
Colum McCann – Thirteen Ways of Looking
Colum McCann is originally from Dublin, Ireland, but now lives in New York. He is the author of six novels, the most recent of which, Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a New York Times, bestseller.
Donal Ryan – A Slanting of the Sun
Donal Ryan lives in County Limerick and is now a full time writer. His novel The Spinning Heart was long listed for the Booker Prize in 2013 and won the Guardian First Book Award in the same year. This is his first collection of short stories.
Elizabeth Baines – Used to Be
Elizabeth Baines was born in South Wales and Lives in Manchester. She has been a teacher, an actor and the prize winning author of plays for both radio and the stage. Her short stories have been published in a variety of literary magazines. And her first collection, Balancing on the Edge of the World was published by Salt in 2007. Her novels include The Birth Machine, Body Cuts and Too Many Magpies.
Eliza Robertson – Wallflowers
Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and came to England to study. During her MA she won the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer and received the Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013 she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She now lives in Norwich where she is working on her first novel.
Emma Timpany – The Lost of Syros
Emma Timpany’s stories have won awards such as The Sara Park Memorial Short Story Award 2013 and The Society of Women Writers and Journalists’ Short Story Award 2011. Originally from New Zealand, she now lives in Cornwall.
Gabrielle Barnby – The House With the Lilac Shutters
Gabrielle Barnby works in a variety of genres including poetry and children’s fiction. Her short story Hostel was published in Northwords Now and her poetry by the George Mackay Brown Fellowship in Waiting For theTide. She lives in Orkney, Scotland.
Ger Reidy – Jobs For a Wet Day
Ger Reidy has won several Irish poetry competitions and since 2012 has been the judge of the Westport Arts Festival Poetry competition. He is the author of three poetry collections, the third of which, Before Rain, was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers’ Week. This is his first short story collection.
Graham Mort – Terroir
Graham Mort’s first collection of short stories, Touch, was published in 2010 and contained the Bridport prize winning story ‘The Prince’. Touch went on to win the Edge Hill Prize in 2011. This collection was written over five years, partly during a writing fellowship at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at Lancaster University.
Helen Simpson – Cockfosters
Helen Simpson has received the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. This is her sixth collection of short stories. She was previously shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize.
Jane Talbot – The Faerie Thorn
Jane Talbot was born in Wiltshire and has lived in County Antrim since 2011. She is a champion of the oral storytelling tradition and a fan of both Faerie Tales and medieval literature. This is her first book.
Janice Galloway – Jellyfish
Janice Galloway studied at Glasgow University and worked as a teacher before becoming one of Scotland’s best-known writers. Her awards include the MIND/Allan Lane Award for The Trick is to Keep Breathing, the McVities Prize for Foreign Parts and the EM Forster Award (amongst others) for Clara. She has written and presented for BBC Scotland and works extensively with musicians and visual artists.
Jessie Greengrass – An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to the One Who Saw It
Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982. She studied philosophy in Cambridge and London, where she now lives with her partner and child.
John Boyne – Beneath the Earth
John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestseller, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This is his first short story collection, and includes the story ‘Rest Day’, which won the 2015 Writing.IE Short Story of the Year Award in Ireland.
Kate Clanchy – The Not-Dead and the Saved
Kate Clanchy was born and grew up in Scotland and now lives in Oxford. Her poetry collections Slattern, Samarkand and Newborn have brought her many literary awards and an unusually wide audience. She is the author of the much acclaimed Antigona and Me, and was the 2009 winner of the BBC Short Story Award. She has also written extensively for Radio 4.
Kirsty Logan – A Portable Shelter
Glasgow-based Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, editor and reviewer. Her first short story collection, The Rental Heart and other Fairytales, won the Scott Prize. Her debut novel, The Gracekeepers, was published in 2015.
Lawrence Scott – Leaving by Plane, Swimming Back Underwater
Lawrence Scott’s first novel, Witchbroom, was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writer’s prize and was read as a BBC Book at Bedtime. Since then he has continued to receive prizes and awards for his novels and short stories. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago he now lives in London.
Maggie Harris – In Margate by Lunchtime
Maggie Harris was born in Guyana and moved to the UK the early seventies. Her fiction, short stories, essays and poems have been published by Virago, Little Brown, Wasafiri, Agenda, Equinox, , Poetry Wales and Poetry News. She was the Caribbean winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014.
Marina Warner – Fly Away Home
Mariner Warner is a novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She is known for her non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth and has contributed to literary and art criticism to publications such as the London Review of Books, The Guardian and The New York Review of Books. In 2015 she chaired the panel of the Man Booker International Prize and in the same year was awarded both the Holberg Prize and a DBE. This is her third short story collection.
Meaghan Delahunt – Great Garbo’s Feet and Other Stories
Meaghan Delahunt’s work has won The Flamingo/HQ National Short Story Prize, a regional Commonwealth Prize, a Saltire first Book Award and a nomination for the Orange Prize. As well as publishing three novels her short fiction have been widely translated, anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio Four.
Michelle Green – Jebel Marra
Michelle Green is a British-Canadian writer and spoken word artist working in Manchester. Her short stories have appeared in Short Fiction Journal and the interactive story app LitNav. Her poetry collection Knee High Affair was published by Crocus Books. In 2005 she worked for a humanitarian aid agency and the stories in this book, although fictional, are informed by that experience.
Nicholas Shakespeare – Stories From Other Places
Nicholas Shakespeare is the author of a number of novels including the Somerset Maugham Award winning The Vision of Elena Silves and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen by the American Libraries Association in 1997 as the year’s best novel and in 2001 was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich.
Padrika Tarrant – Fates of the Animals
Padrika Tarrant is the author of two previous books, Broken Things and The Knife Drawer, both published by Salt. She live in Norwich with her daughter.
Paul O’Reilly – The Girl Missing From the Window
Paul O’Reilly is a multi-award winning writer, dramatist, documentary maker and musician. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Scaldy Detail, The Irish Times and the Bristol Prize Anthology amongst other places. He lives in Country Wexford, Ireland.
Phyl Herbert – After Desire
Phyl Herbert’s first book, Literacy, Language, Role-Play, written with Celia de Freine, was grant aided by CDETB. Her creative work is published in the anthology Sixteen after Ten and her essays have been broadcast on the radio. This is her first short story collection.
Pippa Goldschmidt – The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space
Pippa Goldschmidt grew up in London and now lives in Edinburgh. Her novel, Falling Sky was a runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012 and her short stories, poetry and non-fiction have been broadcast and published in a wide variety of publications including Gutter, New Writing Scotland and The New York Times. She has a PhD in astronomy and was an astronomer for several years at Imperial College.
Rachel Joyce – A Snow Garden
Rachel Joyce’s debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was on the longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Since then she has frequently been shortlisted for, or won, a number of literary awards. This is her first short story collection.
Susan Knight – Out of Order
Susan Knight is the author of three novels, as well as a previous short story collection, Letting Rip, in 2012. She has compiled and edited non-fiction, written a number of plays, the most recent of which, A Simple Twist of Fate was performed at the Viking theatre in London. Her short fiction and stage and radio plays have won her a number of prizes, including the James Plunkett Memorial Award and the Bryan McMahon Award.
Stuart Evers – Your Father Sends his Love
Stuart Evers in the author of Ten Stories About Smoking (London Book Award) and the much acclaimed novel If This is Home. He lives in London with his family.
Thomas Morris – We Don’t Know What We’re Doing
Thomas Morris is from Caerphilly, South Wales. He was educated solely through the Welsh language until the age of eighteen. He now lives in Dublin where he is the editor of The Stinging Fly magazine.
Vanessa J Horn – Eclectic Moments
Vanessa J Horn lives in Havant, Hampshire and has been writing since 2012. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as Bella Mused and she has won short story competitions including those run by Word Hut, Cazart and Thynks Publications. She plays piano and flute and has a degree from the Royal College of Music in London
Vicki Jarrett – The Way Out
Vicki Jarret lives and works in Edinburgh. Her short fiction has been widely published and broadcast and her first novel, Nothing is Heavy, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year in 2013