I can now announce that I’m going to be one of the three judges for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize in 2017. This is the 11th year of the prize, which was celebrated last year with the publication of Head Land: 10 Year of the Edge Hill Prize, which I edited, and which was published by Edge Hill University Press in association with Freight Books in September 2016. Below here, a few images from last year – Jessie Greengrass, the 2016 winner, with ever-so smart-looking Lecturer at Edge Hill, Billy Cowan, one of last years judges; Professor Ailsa Cox, who founded the prize and has run it ever since; and a cover image of Head Land too. Below that is the Press Release put out in January 2017 calling for entries to the Prize. This is open to all single-authored short story collections published by authors from the UK or Ireland, with this year’s eligible books being published between January and December of 2016. If you qualify, or know someone who does, then please let them know! We’ll be spreading word far and wide in the months ahead. Every year there are more entries.
Cheers. More soon.
EDGE HILL PRESS RELEASE
The Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017 now open for entries
Submissions for Edge Hill University’s 11th annual Short Story Prize are now open.
The winner, to be announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, will receive a £10,000 prize.
The Prize is the only UK-based award that recognizes excellence in a published short story collection and will also include a £1,000 Reader’s Choice award to a writer from the shortlist, and a further category for stories by Edge Hill University MA Creative Writing students.
This year’s judges are Thomas Morris (finalist, Edge Hill Prize 2016), Cathy Galvin (Director, The Word Factory) and Dr Rodge Glass (Reader in Literary Fiction, Edge Hill University).
Dr Rodge Glass said: “The world of the short story is always evolving in myriad, fascinating ways, and each year of the Edge Hill Prize sees authors from all over the UK and Ireland bringing exciting new shapes to the form. I can’t wait to get stuck into what the Class of 2016 have produced.”
Publishers must submit collections for consideration by Tuesday 3rd March, 2017. The shortlist will be announced by 30th June with awards to be presented at a special event as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. In order to be eligible, collections must be published during 2016. Authors must be born or normally reside in the British Isles (including Ireland).
The 2016 award was bestowed on Jessie Greengrass for The Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It. The other shortlisted authors were Kate Clanchy, Stuart Evers, China Miéville, Thomas Morris and Angela Readman.
Notes to editors
For media interviews and image requests please contact Jenny Morgan (Communications Officer) on 01695 654 372 or Morganje@edgehill.ac.uk
How to enter:
Three copies of each published collection must be submitted to
Harriet Hirshman, Department of English, History & Creative Writing, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP.
Please include email, phone number and postal address for the publisher’s representative. The closing date for entries is 3rd March 2017. Entries postmarked after that date will not be considered. Entries will not be returned. Publishers are responsible for consulting with eligible authors and notifying those who are shortlisted. Shortlisted authors must be available to attend a special event at the Edinburgh International Book festival in August 2017 and to participate in promoting the prize. The winner should also be available for a public reading at Edge Hill University, on a date to be