The BBC National Short Story Award

Comma Press are the proud publishers of the annual BBC National Short Story Award anthology. Although this is our ninth year publishing the collection, the award has been going on since 2006, and has seen an impressive list of winners and runner-ups:

2017 Cynan Jones - The Edge of the Shoal' 

2016 KJ Orr - 'Disappearances' ; runner-up Claire-Louise Bennett - 'Morning, Noon & Night'.

2015  Jonathan Buckley - 'Briar ; runner-up Mark Haddon - 'Bunny'.

2014 Lionel Shriver - 'Kilifi Creek'; runner-up Zadie Smith - 'Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets'.

2013 Sarah Hall - 'Mrs Fox'; runner-up Lucy Wood - 'Notes from the House Spirits'.

2012 Miroslav Penkov - 'East of the West'; runner-up Henrietta Rose-Innes - 'Sanctuary'.

2011 D W Wilson - 'The Dead Roads'; runner-up Jon McGregor - 'Wires'.

2010 David Constantine - 'Tea at the Midland'; runner-up Jon McGregor - 'If It Keeps On Raining'.

2009 Kate Clanchy - 'The Not-Dead and the Saved'; runner-up Sara Maitland - 'Moss Witch'.

2008 Clare Wigfall - 'The Numbers'; runner-up Jane Gardam - 'The People on Privilege Hill'.

2007 Julian Gough - 'The Orphan and the Mob'; runner-up David Almond 'Slog's Dad'.

2006 James Lasdun - 'An Anxious Man'; runner-up Michel Faber - 'The Safehouse'.

It’s the 13th year of the BBC National Short Story Award and editor and publisher Stig Abell will chair the judging panel for 2018. Abell has written and reviewed for many national publications and is now a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and his first book, How Britain Really Works, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018.

He will be joined by an esteemed group of award-winning writers and poets on the judging panel: short story writer and 2016 BBC NSSA winner, K J Orr and Granta’s ‘20 under 40’ novelist, Benjamin Markovits, one of last year’s shortlisted writers, returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio, and multi award winning poet and Cambridge alumni Sarah Howe.

The shortlist will be announced on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row at 7.15pm on Friday 14 September 2018 (subject to change). 

Readings of the shortlisted stories will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 17 to Friday 21 September and the stories will be published in an Award anthology published by Comma Press. The announcement of the BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University and First Story winner will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 2 October 2017.

Keep an eye on our website for news on the announcement of the shortlist and subsequent winner of this year's award.



The BBC National Short Story Award 2010

ed. James Naughtie

This year's shortlist brings together a high calibre group of new and established authors exploring human relationships at their most dysfunctional and yet sustaining.

The BBC International Short Story Award 2012

ed. Clive Anderson

In honour of the 2012 Olympics, this edition opened its doors to international short story submissions from all over the world, thus becoming the first BBC International Short Story Award.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2011

ed. Sue MacGregor

The 2011 edition of the celebrated BBC National Short Story Award, featuring the authors D.W. Wilson, Jon McGregor, M.J. Hyland and more.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2013

ed. Mariella Frostrup

The stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 all use brevity with striking results.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2014

ed. Alan Yentob

The five shortlisted stories in the UK's most prestiguous award for short fiction by authors Tessa Hadley, Francesca Rhydderch, Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith & Rose Tremain

The BBC National Short Story Award 2015

ed. Allan Little

The BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust celebrates its tenth year with a stellar line-up of authors including winner Jonathan Buckley and runner-up Mark Haddon.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2016

ed. Jenni Murray

Now in its eleventh year, this highly anticipated collection celebrates the very best in contemporary British fiction with an all-female shortlist of renowned authors, who explore the short story form in spectacular fashion.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2017

ed. Joanna Trollope

The twelfth year of the BBC prize shortlist anthology, featuring five superb short stories.