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Angela Readman wins Costa Short Story Award

29th Jan 2014

Angela Readman wins Costa Short Story Award
Women writers dominate the Costa Short Story Award shortlist, and FBS favourite Angela Readman takes home the prize.

We knew we were onto a winner with Angela Readman. One of our must-read writers for 2014, the organisers of the Costa Book Awards seem to agree with us that she’s one to watch.

Naming her winner of the Costa Short Story Award at last night’s ceremony, from a shortlist of five women writers to one man no less, has certainly put the CBAs in our good books (see what we did, there?) here at For Book’s Sake.

Readman’s story, The Keeper of the Jackalopes, won a public vote and a £3,500 prize, adding to the host of awards her poetry and prose have already received.

The award could be just the start of an exciting year for ReadmanHaving won Inkspill magazine’s Short Story competition in 2011, the 2012 National Flash Fiction Competition, 2013’s Mslexia Poetry Competition, and being shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award last year, the Newcastle-based writer now has plenty to look forward to. With a featured spot at this year’s Equals exhibition, and a new collection of stories, Don’t Try This At Home to be published in 2015, the award could be just the start of an exciting year for Readman.

Her publisher And Other Stories is already acting the proud parent, tweeting about her new collection almost as soon as her victory was announced. Plus, Youtube channel Private Press have proven themselves way ahead of the game by uploading a reading of Readman’s poem After the Robins a full year ago. With the debut collection of stories on the horizon, we’d wager we’ll be seeing a lot more of Readman’s work gracing the ‘tube and the Twittersphere.

As And Other Stories put it on their website: “If Angela Carter were Readman’s fairy godmother, would that make David Lynch her wicked stepbrother? Don’t say you weren’t warned!”