Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Edge Hill Prize 2011 Longlist Announced

The longlist has just been announced for Edge Hill University's Short Story Prize 2011. This is the fifth year of the prize,  the UK's only literary award for a published collection of stories - won last year by Jeremy Dyson, who is one of this year's judges, together with Stuart Maconie and Marcus Gipps. You can read our interview with prize organiser Ailsa Cox here. The shortlist will be unveiled in May.

Here is this year's longlist, with links to those we've reviewed, so you can check out some of what the fuss is all about!:
  • Martin Bax - Memoirs of a Gone World (Salt Publishing). 
  • Alan Beard - You Don't Have to Say (Tindal Street Press). review coming soon
  • Peter Bromley - Sky Light and Other Stories (Biscuit).
  • Jo Cannon - Insignificant Gestures (Pewter Rose Press).
  • Roshi Fernando - Homesick (Impress Books).
  • David Gaffney - The Half-life of Songs (Salt Publishing).
  • Vanessa Gebbie - Storm Warning, Echoes of Conflict (Salt Publishing). review coming soon
  • James Kelman - If it is Your Life (Penguin).
  • Andre Mangeot - True North (Salt Publishing). review coming soon
  • Jay Merill - God of the Pigeons (Salt Publishing). 
  • Magnus Mills - Screwtop Thompson (Bloomsbury). 
  • Graham Mort - Touch (Seren).
  • Nik Perring - Not So Perfect (Roast Books).
  • Susannah Rickards - Hot Kitchen Snow (Salt Publishing). review coming soon
  • Michele Roberts - Mud, Stories and Sex and Love (Virago).
  • Polly Samson - Perfect Lives (Virago). review coming soon
  • Helen Simpson - Inflight Entertainment (Random House). 
  • Fiona Thackeray - The Secret's in the Folding (Pewter Rose Press).
  • Tom Vowler - The Method and Other Stories (Salt Publishing). 
  • Susie Wild - The Art of Contraception (Parthian).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Scott Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for Salt Publishing's 2011 Scott Prize for unpublished debut short story collections has been announced. Says Salt: "This prize forms part of Salt’s commitment to the short story and to our mission to discover and nurture new talent from around the English-speaking world." The shortlist is:

Adam Prince (Knoxville, US): The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men
Andrea Ashworth (Lancashire, UK): Somewhere Else, or Even Here
Cassandra Parkin (E. Yorks, UK): New World Fairy Tales
Guy Ware (London, UK): Witness Protection
John Haggerty (CA, US): The Other Half of Graceland
Jonathan Pinnock (St Albans, UK): Dot (.), Dash (-)
Julie Mayhew (Herts, UK): A Little Death
Michael Downs (Baltimore, US): The Greatest Show
Nicole Reid (IN, US): If You Must Know
Virginia Gilbert (Dublin, Ireland): Abroad

Many congratulations to all the shortlisted authors! Winners will be announced in April and The Short Review looks forward to reviewing the winning collections when they are published.