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Mariella Frostrup to chair BBC National Short Story Award 2013

14th December 2012

Journalist, TV presenter and arts critic Mariella Frostrup is to chair the judging panel for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2013, it has been announced.

Frostrup will sit alongside novelist and short story writer Mohsin Hamid, author Peter Hobbs, screenwriter and novelist Deborah Moggach and Di Speirs, editor of readings at BBC Radio.

Now in its eighth year, the BBC National Short Story Award aims to honour the country's finest exponents of the form, with the winning author receiving GBP 15,000.

This year, as a one off, the short story eligibility criteria were expanded to include international writers, in honour of the London 2012 Games. The winner was Bulgarian author Miroslav Penkov for his Cold War tale 'East of the West'.

The shortlist for the 2013 award will be unveiled on Friday September 20th on BBC Radio 4's arts programme, Front Row, with each of the five stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 the following week. The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday October 8th.

Gwyneth Williams, BBC Radio 4 controller, said radio is a natural home for the short story.

'We never grow out of the joy of having a story read to us – and we are proud to commission and broadcast on Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra more short stories than anyone, anywhere in the world. This award is a wonderful way of celebrating the short story and its talented writers,' she added.

Previous winners of the BBC Short Story Award include inaugural recipient James Lasdun for 'An Anxious Man' in 2006 and David Wilson in 2011 for his story 'The Dead Roads'.

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