We're delighted to announce that China Miéville, Kate Clanchy and Stuart Evers have been longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016.
The Edge Hill Short Story Prize is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories, with this year marking its tenth anniversary.
Ailsa Cox, Professor of Short Fiction and organiser of the Short Story Prize said: “We are excited to be able to mark the tenth anniversary of our prize with such a strong longlist of authors from across the UK and Ireland. It is fitting that in our anniversary year a previous winner features in the list – Graham Mort (Winner 2011) – as well as two previously shortlisted authors – Helen Simpson and Ali Smith. We face a tough task in the judging stages, but our tenth anniversary prize will truly showcase some of the best talent in the genre.”
The shortlist of six will be announced in May 2016, and the winner announced on 5th July 2016.
For the full longlist, go here.
In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth.
Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this breath-taking collection poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet world.
In the sixteen stories of The Not-Dead and The Saved, Kate Clanchy turns her clear gaze and remarkable honesty on what it means to be a mother or a child; to struggle alone; to seek comfort in love; to be present; to be sane.
Lithe prose and crackling wit carry us from comedy to tragedy and back again, and create a bold cast of characters that includes even a few delightfully famous names.
Read 'Aunt Mirrie and the Child'
Set in the past, present and future, these short stories are a moving and vivid exploration of parental love and parental mistakes. They are unified by their compassion and animated by the unsaid, and by how powerfully they extract the luminous from the ordinary.