Some exciting news: my book has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. As is always the way whenever I get any nice news, I was at work – which made concentrating for the rest of the day very, very difficult. Anyway, the announcement was made here, on the Edge Hill website. And I’m very pleased to be part of a list that includes such wonderful writers as Sarah Hall, Tessa Hadley, Zoe Lambert and Rowena Macdonald. As you can see, it’s an all-female shortlist but it’s also interesting to note the number of northern writers on there as well as all the debut collections. The winners of the main prize and the readers’ prize will be announced at a ceremony in London on July 5th – congratulations everyone.
Many thanks, Dan. It’s certainly very exciting indeed.
Congratulations! I’ve had a lot of respect for the Edge Hill Prize since they awarded top honours to Chris Beckett’s science fiction collection a few years ago. A prize that rates good storytelling above genre or fashion is a thing to be celebrated. From the shortlisted writers I only really know Sarah Hall’s work, but that’s impressive enough – so well done to you and your book, and the very best of luck for the final.