Edge Hill Short Story Prize

by flambardblog

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize is the only UK prize for collections of short fiction and is administered by only a couple of very dedicated people. The prize plays a vital part in bringing much needed attention to this cherished and neglected genre, greatly loved by so many readers. This year’s longlist showcases a host of great books including two of ours: Courttia Newland’s A Book of Blues and Rowena Macdonald’s Smoked Meat. Reviews of all the longlisted titles are appearing on Carys Bray’s blog here – as she reads them. Have a look and discover how much exciting contemporary short fiction is out there. The shortlist will be announced in May and the prize awarded at the start of July.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Barbados from 15–20 May, you can catch Courttia Newland at the Bim Literary Festival and Book Fair.

As well as being on the Edge Hill list, Rowena Macdonald’s Smoked Meat is also featured on the huge longlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, alongside writers from all across the world. It’s an incredible range of books and really worth exploring.

You can download both these books from here and here, and find them in print form too of course.