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Deborah Levy shortlisted for BBC International Short Story Award

18th September 2012

Deborah Levy has capped a successful week by making the shortlist for the GBP 15,000 BBC International Short Story Award, just seven days after she was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her acclaimed novel Swimming Home.

Levy's latest short story 'Black Vodka' is published in the anthology Stories in the Road; a Cultural Olympiad project from the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in which each tale relates to a particular building on Exhibition Road in Kensington, with Levy's taking place in The Polish Club.

It is one of ten short stories shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award, which is normally known as the BBC Short Story Award but for one year only has been expanded to include authors from across the world, in celebration of the London Olympic Games.

The other contenders include M. J. Hyland, who was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the ever-controversial Julian Gough, who won the 2007 National Short Story award and famously stole that year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (a pig) from Will Self.

Judge Clive Anderson praised the overall quality of the shortlist, which was whittled down from a longlist of 70 titles.

'Judging this competition was a great privilege and a perfect reminder of just how rewarding the short story genre can be. To celebrate the Olympics this year's competition is international and the entries did come from all round the world; universal themes were explored within the confines of the short story,' he commented.

'In the ten which made it to the shortlist are to be found everyday human activities such as first loves and last laughs, infidelity and murder. Plus a goose, a dog and a must-have disposable electronic device. In short, some great stories.'

The winners of the GBP 15,000 grand prize and GBP 2,500 runner-up prize will be announced on Radio 4's Front Row programme on October 2nd.

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