The BBC National Short Story Award 2022
Book type: Anthology Short Story Collection
Published: 15 Sep 2022
Established in 2005, the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University was originally conceived to highlight a literary genre regarded as undervalued and under threat. Its aim was to recognise and celebrate the very best writers of short fiction who had no prize equivalent to major literary awards like the Man Booker Prize.
Fifteen years on, the short story is in robust health and the BBC National Short Story Award is recognised as the most prestigious for a single short story with the winning writer receiving £15,000 and the four shortlisted writers £600 each. Every year, the shortlisted stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in this anthology by Comma Press.
The 2022 anthology is introduced by Elizabeth Day, the author of four novels and Sunday Times best-selling memoir, How to Fail. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.
'I think in a time-pressed world, a short story is the perfect way to connect with great literature without having to commit to a full-length book. A short story collection can be dipped in and out of, without diminishing the power of the whole.' – Elizabeth Day, Chair of Judges, BBC National Short Story Award 2022