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2023 Edge Hill Short Story Prize unveils all-female shortlist

September 19, 2023

The 2023 Edge Hill Short Story Prize has selected an all-female shortlist, which includes two debut collections.

The winner, to be announced in January, will be presented with an award of £10,000.

The annual prize seeks to highlight the diverse voices and exceptional talents of contemporary short story writers, celebrating both emerging and established authors.

Previous winners include acclaimed authors such as Sarah Hall, David Szalay, Tessa Hadley, Kevin Barry and Daisy Johnson.

The shortlisted collections are as follows:

  • Total by Rebecca Miller (Canongate)
  • Love in the Time of Chaos by Rosemary Jenkinson (Arlen House)
  • Cat Brushing & Other Stories by Jane Campbell (Riverrun)
  • Animals at Night by Naomi Booth (Dead Ink Books)
  • This Train is for … by Bernie McGill (No Alibis Press)

The prize is run by Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Billy Cowan.

“We’re really excited to celebrate five fantastic female-authored collections through this year’s shortlist.”

“It’s been another successful year for small independent publishers who continue to support the short story form and it’s great to see some previous shortlisted writers in the mix again, along with new entrants to the Edge Hill Prize.

Billy Cowan

A £1,000 Reader’s Choice Award will be presented to one of the shortlisted authors, as well as a £500 prize for the best short story submitted by an Edge Hill MA Creative Writing student. 

The judges of the 2023 prize are last year’s winner Saba Sams, C&W literary agent Lucy Luck and Edge Hill’s own Andrea Ashworth, short story writer and Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Now in its 17th year, the Edge Hill Prize is the only annual UK-based award to recognise excellence in a single-author short story collection. 

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. 

For more information about studying Creative Writing at Edge Hill, visit our subject page.  

September 19, 2023


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