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Edge Hill Short Story Prize names longlist

21st April 2010

Emerging writers have found themselves pitted against established literary names on Edge Hill University's Short Story Prize longlist.

The award, which is the UK's only literary prize focused on short story collections, includes nominations for novelist A.L. Kennedy's What Becomes and Saltire Book of the Year-shortlisted Regi Claire's Fighting It.

In addition, International Frank O'Connor Prize-winner Simon Van Booy's Love Begins in Winter and 2009 Cuirt International Festival of Literature writer-in-residence Nuala Ni Chonchuir's Nude are featured on the longlist.

Relative newcomers such as Sian Hughes, with The Beach Hut, and Jane Feaver, for Love Me Tender, are also in the running for the GBP 5,000 prize.

Chris Beckett, the 2009 winner of the award and a member of the judging panel, said: 'The range of work that has been submitted this year is very impressive and I am sure it is going to be very difficult to whittle it down to a shortlist.'

Beckett's winning title, The Turing Test, was applauded by last year's judges, who admitted it 'impressed' them even though none of the panel were science fiction fans.

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