BBC National Short Story Award 2020 judges announced for 15th anniversary year

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) and BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) open for submissions today with Radio 4 presenter, journalist and author Jonathan Freedland chairing the judging panel for the BBC NSSA, an award that has enriched both the careers of writers and the wider literary landscape since its launch fifteen years ago.

Freedland will be joined on the panel for the BBC National Short Story Award: Commonwealth Prize winner Lucy Caldwell who was shortlisted for both the 2012 and 2019 BBC NSSA; British Nigerian writer Irenosen Okojie, a Betty Trask winner and Jhalak Prize shortlistee; Edge Hill Prize shortlistee and Guardian short story columnist Chris Power; and returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in the Comma Press anthology. The 2019 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award was Welsh writer Jo Lloyd, who won for The Invisible’, a timeless story set in Wales and inspired by social divisions and folklore. Previous alumni of the award include Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel and Jon McGregor.

The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 9th March 2020. The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 23rd March 2020.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row at 7.15pm on Friday 11th September 2020The announcement of the winners of the two awards will be broadcast live from the award ceremony at BBC Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October 2020.

Find out more and submit your stories: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0079gw3

Buy the previous BBC shortlist anthologies: https://commapress.co.uk/books/bbc-short-story-award