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BBC National Short Story Award solicits entries

7th April 2010

The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 has opened for submissions from publishers, agents and British authors.

Mark Damazer, controller of BBC Radio 4, said he is 'delighted' that the award is now in its fifth year and suggested the short story has seen an 'appreciable resurgence in popularity' in the UK.

He also claimed the prize, which awards the winning author with GBP 15,000 and the runner-up with GBP 3,000, has allowed the BBC to introduce 'exceptional new writing' to its listeners.

Kate Clanchy, last year's winner, added that she scooped the prize with the third short story she had ever finished, but the success encouraged her to devote more time to the form.

'The effect on me was simple and immediate: I went home and started writing several more stories,' she explained.

At Foyles' Picador Day last month, Clanchy admitted that since she'd started writing prose, she stopped writing poetry altogether.

In 2006, James Lasdun won the BBC National Short Story Award for his 'An Anxious Man'. Other winners include Julian Gough, for 'The Orphan and the Mob', and Clare Wigfall, for 'Numbers'.

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