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59. An Alternative LINK: National Short Story Prize~ UK

A new annual award aimed at re-establishing the importance of the British short story.

This new award is a collaboration between NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine, and it’s funded by NESTA. It is administered in conjunction with Booktrust and Scottish Booktrust. The first winners will be announced in May 2006.

The National Short Story Prize will be the largest award in the world for a single story. The winning award is worth £15,000, and there will be a runner up award of £3,000. Three further shortlisted authors will receive awards of £500 each.

It is intended that the five shortlisted stories will be broadcast on Radio 4 before the winner is announced. Radio 4 is the world’s major broadcaster of short stories, broadcasting a story every day of the week.

The National Short Story Prize aims to celebrate our finest writers of short stories and is open to authors with a previous record of publication who are either UK nationals or residents. Entries may be stories published during 2005 or previously unpublished.

You can download an entry form. There are also details of how to enter, plus the terms and conditions governing the award, including the eligibility criteria.

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