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Judges Announced for 15th Anniversary of BBC National Short Story Awards | Caldwell

As submissions open for the BBC National Short Story Awards, the official judging panel has been announced.

Author and Belfast native Lucy Caldwell is among the judges, alongside British journalists and writers Jonathan Freedland, Irenosen Okojie, Di Speirs, and Chris Power.

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Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories. She also is the editor of the anthology Being Various: New Irish Short Stories, and her own stories have been widely broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Caldwell has received various awards, such as:

  • Rooney Prize for Irish Literature,
  • George Divine Award,
  • Dylan Thomas Prize,
  • Imison Award,
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Award,
  • Commonwealth Writers’ Award (Canada & Europe),
  • Edge Hill University Short Story Prize Readers’ Choice Award,
  • Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

She has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since being elected in 2018, and was previously shortlisted for the BBC NSSA in 2012 and 2019.


Click here for more details on how to enter the 2020 BBC Short Story Awards

Award of £15,000 for the winner and £600 for four further shortlisted stories. The closing deadlines for entries is March 9th 2020.

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