The shortlist for the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award was announced earlier this evening, on Radio 4’s Front Row programme. Standing as one of the most prestigious prizes awarded for a single short story published by a UK author, this year’s BBC National Short Story Award shortlist is as follows:
- Rag Love by M J Hyland
- The Heart of Denis Noble by Alison MacLeod
- Wires by Jon McGregor
- The Human Circadian Pacemaker by K J Orr
- The Dead Roads by D W Wilson
The overall winner of this year’s BBC National Short Story Award – the recipient of the £15,000 winner’s prize – will be announced live on Front Row on Monday 26 September. The runner-up will receive £3,000 while the other three finalists will each be given a cheque for £500.
From this coming Monday (12 September), each of the shortlisted stories will be read on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30pm, by one of five of the UK’s top actors and actresses. On the same day that each story is broadcast, a podcast of the recording will be made available for free download on the BBC National Short Story Award podcast webpage.