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National Short Story Prize 2007
The National Short Story Prize is an exciting annual award which celebrates the contemporary British short story.
The National Short Story Prize
This award is a collaboration between NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine, and it is funded by NESTA. It is administered in conjunction with Booktrust and Scottish Booktrust. The inaugural winner this year was James Lasdun, with Michel Faber as runner-up. Next year's winners will be announced in April 2007.
Award of £15,000 for the winner

£3,000 for the runner up

£500 for three further short-listed stories

Submissions for the National Short Story Prize 2007 will be accepted from 18 August 2006

Deadline for entries is 5.00pm on 31 October 2006

How to enter

Complete this form (Adobe PDF format) or complete this form (Microsoft Word format) and submit it with:
  • Seven copies of one short story (maximum length 8,000 words);
  • A list of the author's most recently published work including the publisher, date of publication and ISBN or ISSN;
  • Please note that incomplete entry forms will not be eligible for consideration.
Send your entry to:

The National Short Story Prize 2007
Room 316
BBC Henry Wood House
3 - 6 Langham Place

The National Short Story Prize is associated with the short story campaign which exists to support writers at all stages of their developement.


1.1 The judges will be responsible for compiling a long-list, followed by a short-list of 5 outstanding short stories submitted for the National Short Story Prize ("the Prize"), from which they will select the winning story and runner up.

1.2 The winning award is worth £15,000 and this will be presented to the author of the best, eligible short story in the opinion of the judges.

1.3 There will be a runner up award of £3000 for the second placed story.

1.4 There will be 3 awards of £500 for the other 3 short-listed stories.


2.1 The Prize is open to British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over only. Proof of nationality and/or residency may be requested.

2.2 The story must not contain more than eight thousand words.

2.3 Entries may be submitted by the author or by his/her publisher or agent.

2.4 Stories which were entered in last year's Prize are ineligible.

2.5 No more than one story per author may be submitted. It is the responsibility of the author to make sure that that there is not more than one of his/her stories submitted in total.

2.6 The story entered must either;

   2.6.1 be unpublished; or

   2.6.2 be first published or scheduled for publication between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2006

2.7 The author must have a prior record of publication in creative writing. This means the author must previously have had works of prose fiction, drama or poetry published by a UK publisher (excluding self-publishing) or established printed magazine in the UK or broadcast by a UK national radio station. "Established" here means a periodical that is published regularly (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly), that has been in circulation for at least the past 12 months, has an ISBN or ISSN number and is not self published. For avoidance of doubt online publishing is also excluded.

2.8 The story submitted must be original, entirely the author's own work, not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body.

2.9 The Prize is not open to employees of the BBC, NESTA, Booktrust, Prospect Magazine or anyone connected with the Prize or their direct family members.

2.10 Entries are limited to stories written in English, however stories simultaneously published in Gaelic or Welsh can be included.

2.11 Translations of short stories originally written in languages other than English are not eligible for the Prize.

2.12 A short story that was published posthumously will not be eligible for the Award.

2.13 Authors currently serving a term of imprisonment in the UK are ineligible for the Prize.


3.1 By submitting a story for the Prize the entrant acknowledges and agrees that the winning or any other long-listed story:

   3.1. 1 may be broadcast on BBC Radio 4; and/or

   3.1.2 will be available for publication on the BBC website; and

   3.1.3 will be available for publication in Prospect Magazine in the issue which most closely corresponds to the date of the announcement of the Prize free of any fees or royalty payments; and

   3.1.4 will be available for publication on Booktrust's story campaign website at free of any fees or royalty payments.

Such use would be subject to a separate agreement between the rights holder and the BBC / Prospect Magazine / Booktrust (as applicable). Further to this, by submitting the story the entrant confirms there is no restriction in respect of the story which would prevent the above.

3.2 By submitting a story Entrants agree that the BBC may in its sole discretion edit, adapt or abridge it for the sole purposes of broadcast.

3.3 In the event that an official National Short Story Prize Anthology containing the short-listed entries is published the author or publisher will be deemed to have granted the rights for such publication and distribution and they or their agents will clear the necessary rights for such publication and distribution. The rights for publication will be non-exclusive, with no bar on publication rights elsewhere and the Anthology will include full acknowledgement of any existing publication containing the winning story or stories.

3.4 The publishers or agents who submit stories shall be responsible for inviting short-listed authors to an award ceremony, if one is held, and must do their best to ensure authors' attendance.

3.5 Any author that has submitted his/her story of their own accord will be expected to attend the award ceremony.


4.1 The National Short Story Prize judges will select a long-list, followed by a short list of five outstanding short stories submitted for the Prize.

4.2 Winners will be contacted personally by email or by post.

4.3 The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

4.4 The judging will be fair and independent. The judging panel will include representatives from the BBC, Prospect Magazine and NESTA appointed by the Prize Committee


5.1 The Prize Committee shall consist of representatives from the BBC, Booktrust, NESTA and Prospect Magazine.

5.2 Entry forms and seven copies of the short stories being submitted for the Prize must be received at the address stated by 5pm on 31st October 2006. Results will be announced on this site.

5.3 Entrants must provide their name, e-mail address and postal address. The competition will be administered by the BBC and Booktrust. The BBC and Booktrust will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. If you would like to know more about the BBC's privacy policy, please see Privacy Policy.

5.4 The Prize committee will not acknowledge receipt of entries and does not accept any responsibility for late lost or damaged entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

5.5 Entrants must supply full details as required above, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the award(s). Ineligible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.

5.6 Please note that no stories entered can be returned.

5.7 The Prize committee reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

5.8 The Prize committee reserves the right to refuse entry to the Prize for any reason at its absolute discretion.

5.9 Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

5.10 These rules are governed by the exclusive laws of England and Wales.

Related links:
Terms and conditions (Adobe PDF format)
Terms and conditions (Microsoft Word format)
Official entry form (Adobe PDF format)
Official entry form (Microsoft Word format)
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