BBC Short Story Award returns for 2018!

The 2018 BBC National Short Story Award has just been announced and for its thirteenth year it is collaborating with Cambridge University. Headlining this year’s judging panel is Mel Giedroyc; best known for The Great British Bake Off, she has also published the books From Here to Maternity, as well as, Going Ga-Ga, and is currently working on her third. She will be joined by 2016’s BBC NSSA winner K J Orr; one of last year’s shortlisted writers Benjamin Markovits; award winning poet and Cambridge alumni Sarah Howe; and Di Speirs, #BBCNSSA judging regular since its launch in 2006. Although the award has a new partnership, short fiction is still at the core of the competition, and the judges are looking for original, enticing work.

The award is open to British Nationals and UK residents aged 18 years or over (on the submission deadline) who have been previously published in the Creative Writing sector in the UK. The author of the first prize will win £15,000 and the four further shortlisted authors will each receive £600. Submissions will be taken from December 11th 2017 and the deadline for all applications is 9am (GMT) on Monday March 12th 2018.

Comma Press have published the anthology of the shortlisted authors for the past seven years, and we can’t wait to immerse ourselves into the new worlds of the shortlisted writers.  If shortlisted, you’ll join the likes of Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, and 2017’s winning author, Cynan Jones. We will be posting more about the shortlist and the 2018 winner, so make sure to keep referring back to our website for further updates.