We are pleased to announce the five collections of stories that have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize, worth £10,000
Bad Dreams by Tess Hadley (Jonathan Cape) is a collection of gripping and unsettling stories where the real things that happen to people turn out to be as mysterious as their dreams.
Madame Zero by Sarah Hall (Faber) is a collection rich in the mythic symbolism of wilderness and wasteland.
All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury) is an acutely observed collection of stories which hover on the border of life and death.
Basket of Deplorables by Tom Rachman (Riverrun Books) is a series of witty, cutting, and addictive tales of Trump times.
Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross (Peepal Tree Press) is a frank and witty collection which engages the intellect as well as the heart.
Prize organiser Billy Cowan, senior lecturer in Creative Writing, said:
The shortlisting wasn’t easy because all books on the longlist were fantastic and all were so different, but in the end it came down to the books we simply loved the most, and, on this, the reading panel were surprisingly unanimous. Choosing the winner may prove more difficult for the judges, and I don’t envy them.
The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an event in London on November 3rd 2018. The ceremony will also include a £1000 Reader’s Choice Award to an author from the shortlist, and a student award of £500 for one of Edge Hill University’s MA Creative Writing students who have been shortlisted.