The shortlist for this year’s BBC International Short Story Award was announced earlier this evening on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme, revealing a shortlist that contains one previous winner of the award (Julian Gough), a previously shortlisted author (M J Hyland), and an author shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize (Deborah Levy).
A prestigious prize normally reserved for the best of contemporary British short fiction, the BBC Short Story Award this year invited, for the first time since the prize’s launch in 2006, submissions from authors around the world. The result is an extended shortlist of ten stories which span the globe. The shortlist in full, is as follows:
- Escape Routes by Lucy Caldwell
- The iHole by Julian Gough
- Even Pretty Eyes Commit Crimes by M J Hyland
- The Goose Father by Krys Lee
- Black Vodka by Deborah Levy
- East of the West by Miroslav Penkov
- Sanctuary by Henrietta Rose-Innes
- In the Basement by Adam Ross
- Before he Left the Family by Carrie Tiffany
- A Lovely and Terrible Thing by Chris Womersley
From this coming Monday (17th September), and over the course of the following two weeks, each of the shortlisted stories will be read on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30pm, by one of ten of the UK’s top actors. On the same day that each story is broadcast, a podcast of the recording will be made available (for two weeks) for free download on the BBC International Short Story Award podcast webpage. Following the reading of all stories, a commercial audiobook will be available via AudioGo. Comma Press will also be publishing the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 Anthology from this coming Monday, both in print and Kindle format.
The overall winner of this year’s BBC International 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 £2,500 while the other eight shortlisters will each be given a cheque for £250.