Now in its ninth year, the Edge Hill Prize is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a single author, published short story collection.
The unique accolade is proving increasingly popular with the prize attracting established authors who compete alongside relative newcomers for the prize. Previous winners have been John Burnside, Kevin Barry, Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan, Chris Beckett, Jeremy Dyson, Graham Mort and Sarah Hall.
The prize has three categories, the main literary award of £5,000 as well as a £1,000 Reader’s Prize judged by BA Creative Writing students, and a £500 award for rising talents on the MA Creative Writing course.
The Edge Hill Prize is based on critical and practice-based research carried out by Dr Ailsa Cox, a Reader in Creative Writing and English Literature. Ailsa’s fiction has been published in various magazines and anthologies, she has been shortlisted for the Stand International Short Story competition, the V.S. Pritchett award and the Bridport prize and she is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. Her research and commitment to the short story as a distinct genre in its own right has led to a nationwide revival of interest in a genre that has traditionally been overshadowed.