Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Clanchy tops all-woman shortlist...

Kate Clanchy has been announced as the winner of the BBC's National Short Story Award. Beating Orange Prize winners Lionel Shriver and Naomi Alderman and Bafta-nominated Jane Rogers, Clanchy was honoured for her story, 'The Not-Dead and the Saved'; only her second attempt at the shorter literary form. Judges praised her for her 'rich lyricism' and 'deeply affecting style'. Will Young, a member of the judging panel, thought the whole competition to have been of a high standard; 'Through their shortness they put forward some very simple notions of love, loss, sacrifice and difference extremely powerfully and I have found them very moving.' Clanchy was presented with a prize of £15,000, runner up Sarah Maitland received £3,000, and all the other shortlisted writers were awarded £500.

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