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BBC National Short Story Award

Front Row announces the winners of the 2017 BBC National Short Story and Young Writers' Award live from the Radio Theatre.

Join John Wilson for a celebration of the power and possibilities of the short story as Chair of Judges Joanna Trollope announces the winner of the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award live from the Radio Theatre.

The judging panel Eimear McBride, Jon McGregor and Sunjeev Sahota discuss the merits of the entries from the shortlisted authors. In contention for the £15,000 prize are Helen Oyeyemi, Benjamin Markovits, Cynan Jones, Jenni Fagan and Will Eaves.

Radio 1 presenter Alice Levine will also announce the winner of the BBC Young Writers' Award and consider the strengths and emerging themes of the stories with fellow judge, the best-selling author Holly Bourne.

The BBC National Short Story Award is presented in conjunction with BookTrust.

Presenter : John Wilson
Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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30 minutes



  • NSSA: the judges and the shortlist

    Duration: 12:51

  • The Young Writers' Award 2017

    Duration: 09:26

  • The NSSA 2017 winner

    Duration: 04:35

NSSA 2017 Winner

NSSA 2017 Winner

Cynan Jones' short story The Edge of the Shoal wins the 2017 National Short Story Award.

Image: Cynan Jones

Image credit: Bernadine Jones


Listen to The Edge of the Shoal, read by Jamie Parker

NSSA 2017 shortlisted authors

NSSA 2017 shortlisted authors

The stories shortlisted for NSSA 2017 are:

"Murmur" by Will Eaves

"The Waken" by Jenni Fagan

"The Edge of the Shoal" by Cynan Jones

"The Collector" by Benjamin Markovits

"If a book is locked there’s probably a good reason for that, don’t you think?" by Helen Oyeyemi  

Main image above:   the shortlisted authors - from Left: Helen Oyeyemi,  Cynan Jones, Jenni Fagan, Will Eaves, Benjamin and Markovits

 Image to the left: the NSSA 2017 logo

Young Writers' Award 2017

Young Writers' Award 2017

The YWA  2017 shortlist:

 ‘Wolf’ by Matt Coleclough, 17, from Bristol

 ‘Decisions’ by Miranda Crawford, 14, from Datchet

 ‘Something Wicked, Something Wild’ by Victoria Knight, 18, from Solihull

 ‘The Roses’ by Elizabeth Ryder, 17, from Oxfordshire

 ‘Sunflowers’ by Abiah Wyatt, 17, from Cornwall

The winning story can be heard on Alice Levine's Radio One show from 1300- 1600 on 07 October 2017, read by Tuppence Middleton.


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Joanna Trollope
Interviewed Guest Eimear McBride
Interviewed Guest Jon McGregor
Interviewed Guest Sunjeev Sahota
Interviewed Guest Alice Levine
Interviewed Guest Nikesh Shukla
Interviewed Guest Holly Bourne
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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