Organisers of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016 have unveiled the shortlist for the annual award which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.
The Edge Hill Prize remains the only UK based award that recognizes excellence in a published short story collection. This year has seen 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.
Ailsa Cox, Edge Hill Prize founder and Professor of Short Fiction at Edge Hill University said distilling the long list of thirty-eight talented entries down to six finalists was challenging.
“This year has seen some of the strongest submissions in the ten years this award has been running. The 2016 Edge Hill Prize finalists will join what is truly a roll call of world-class talent, including Colm Tóibín, Sarah Hall and Kevin Barry. The judges absolutely have their work cut out for them in choosing this year’s winner from a list that includes prize-winning authors alongside rising talent,” she said.
Cathy Galvin, Founder and Director of The Word Factory, the UK’s leading promoter of excellence in short fiction writing and co-host of the Edge Hill Prize celebration event said she was thrilled to be on this years’ panel.
“It’s been wonderful to watch the most significant British prize for a collection of short stories going from strength to strength – and an honour to be a judge for such a superb, diverse shortlist. This prize recognises great writing from emerging and established authors alike,” she said.
The Edge Hill Prize is awarded annually by Edge Hill University for excellence in a published single author short story collection. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5th July at a special celebration co-hosted with The Word Factory in London. Judges include last year’s winner, Kirsty Gunn; Cathy Galvin, Founder and Director of The Word Factory; and Edge Hill Creative Writing Lecturer, Billy Cowan.
Edge Hill Prize 2016 Shortlist
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.
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.
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.
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
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.