BBC National Short Story Award 2017 calls for submissions!

The 12th annual BBC National Short Story Award, in association with BookTrust, has today announced its call for submissions for the 2017 prize, as well as its panel of esteemed judges.

Comma Press has been publishing the accompanying anthology to the award since 2010, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to do so again this year, in what is sure to be another year of outstanding stories.

This year, bestselling author Joanna Trollope will be chairing the judging panel, taking the mantle from Radio 4's 'Women's Hour' presenter Jenny Murray. Trollope, known as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing today is also a long-time short story writer. Her eagerly anticipated 20th novel, City of Friends, will be published in February 2017.

Trollope is joined by an esteemed panel of award-winning writers and literary specialists: Baileys Prize winner, Eimear McBride; IMPAC Award winner, short story writer and academic, Jon McGregor; Encore Award winner Sunjeev Sahota; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio. All the judges are eager to read the best, and most innovative, works of short fiction from new and established writers. Last year’s winner was K J Orr for her story ‘Disappearances’ with previous alumni including David Constantine, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel and William Trevor.

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious prizes for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The 2017 Award is open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. The full Terms and Conditions will be available and submissions accepted online at from 9am Thursday 26th January 2017. The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am Monday 6th March 2017.

To find out more and buy previous year's anthologies, follow the links below:

BBC NSSA 2010, featuring David ConstantineAminatta FornaSarah HallJon McGregor & Helen Oyeyemi

BBC NSSA 2011, featuring  M.J. HylandAlison MacLeodJon McGregorK.J. Orr & D.W. Wilson

BBC NSSA 2012, featuring Lucy CaldwellJulian GoughM.J. HylandKrys LeeDeborah LevyMiroslav PenkovHenrietta Rose-InnesAdam RossCarrie Tiffany & Chris Womersley

BBC NSSA 2013, featuring Lisa BlowerSarah HallLionel Shriver & Lucy Wood

BBC NSSA 2014, featuring Tessa HadleyFrancesca RhydderchLionel ShriverZadie Smith & Rose Tremain

BBC NSSA 2015, featuring  Jonathan BuckleyMark HaddonFrances LevistonHilary Mantel & Jeremy Page

BBC NSSA 2016, featuring Tahmima AnamClaire-Louise BennettLavinia GreenlawHilary Mantel & K.J. Orr