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Contenders named for Edge Hill University Short Story Prize

17th May 2010

The five writers making up the 'diverse' shortlist for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2010 have been named.

Jeremy Dyson has been nominated for The Cranes That Build the Cranes, Jane Feaver is in the running with Love Me Tender and A.L. Kennedy features with What Becomes.

In addition, Nude by Nuala Ni Chonchuir and Robert Shearman's Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical have been shortlisted for the GBP 5,000 prize, which is now in its fourth year.

Competition coordinator Ailsa Cox, a reader in creative writing and English at Edge Hill University, commented: 'A good short story is intense and exciting, sometimes sad and often very comic. The five collections all have these vital ingredients - so I predict that judging will be difficult this year.'

The winner of the accolade, along with the recipients of the GBP 1,000 readers' prize and a new honour for a member of the university's creative writing masters course, will be named on July 8th.

Last year, Chris Beckett won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize with The Turing Test. He will return this year as a member of the judging panel.

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