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A Full House for the BBC National Short Story Award

23rd Sep 2013

A Full House for the BBC National Short Story Award
It's a clean sweep of women writers for the 2013 shortlist...

Having named BBC News one of our villains just over a week ago, this year’s shortlist for the BBC national short story award has helped to alleviate some resentment. Lisa Blower, Lavinia Greenlaw, Sarah Hall, Lucy Wood and Lionel Shriver add up to the prize’s second all-women shortlist in its eight-year history.

The chair of the judges, Mariella Frostrup, said that as the panel did their initial readings anonymously, 2013’s “crop suggests the short story is a form much suited to the innovative brilliance of women writers.”

Five stories were selected for their rich scope in imagination and style...It is true that for an international award, five white women – four British and one American – do not demonstrate an enormous breadth of diversity, but Frostrup made a point of stressing that the five stories were selected for their rich scope in imagination and style.

With inspiration ranging from 9/11 to the Science Museum, themes covering the paranormal to astrology and a woman’s transformation into a vixen in Sarah Hall’s Mrs Fox, it’s looking like another strong hand from women writers.