Judges announced for 2019 BBC National Short Story Award as submissions open

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) today opens for submissions for the 14th year with broadcaster Nikki Bedi chairing the judging panel for 2019. Nikki is a television and radio broadcaster who writes and presents The Arts Hour on BBC World Service and BBC Radio London.

Bedi will be joined by an esteemed group of award-winning writers and artists on her panel, including: novelist and writer of narrative non-fiction, Richard Beard; short story writer, novelist and youngest author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Daisy Johnson; screenwriter, novelist and 2017 BBC National Short Story Award winner, Cynan Jones; 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 BBC Radio 4 and published in an anthology. Last year’s winner of the BBC National Short Story Award was Trinidadian writerIngrid Persaud, who won for ‘The Sweet Sop’, her ‘tender and ebullient’ story about a father-son relationship. Previous alumni include Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, Jon McGregor and William Trevor.

Full ‘Terms and Conditions’ for the NSSA are available with submissions accepted online at www.bbc.co.uk/nssa from today. The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 11th March 2019

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 6th September 2019. Readings of the shortlisted stories will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 9th to Friday 13th September and interviews with the shortlisted writers will air from Friday 6th September 2019 on Front Row. The shortlist for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University will be announced on Radio 1’s Life Hacks from 4pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019.

The anthology of the five shortlisted stories will be published by Comma Press in September 2019. The 2017 and 2018 shortlisted story collection are available to buy from commapress.co.uk.