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BBC National Short Story Award unveils judges

27th May 2010

The writers, journalists and broadcasters who will form the judging panel for the BBC National Short Story Award have been named.

BBC Radio 4 broadcaster James Naughtie will chair the five-strong panel. Guardian journalist Kamila Shamsie, poet Owen Sheers, author Shena Mackay and BBC Radio 4 readings editor Di Speirs will act as judges.

Naughtie said he is looking forward to reading the submissions for the prize, as they seem to improve in quality with each year he sits on the panel.

'The short story is still a writer's opportunity that offers something distinct and exciting. The best of them are alive with passion, perfectly crafted to make every word count and beautiful artefacts that can't be pulled apart,' he added.

Now in its fifth year, the award has a GBP 15,000 main prize and provides GBP 3,000 for the runner-up. Last year it was won by poet Kate Clanchy for 'The Not-Dead and The Saved'.

Last month, A.L. Kennedy's What Becomes, Nude by Nuala Ni Chonchuir and Simon Van Booy's Love Begins in Winter were included on the longlist for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize.

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