bbc short story competition 2021


Tune in to the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on 12th June to hear the 500 Words Final broadcast live from Buckingham Palace. Exploring themes of powerlessness and privilege, dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships, covert control, identity and scapegoating, the judges praised Hall for her extraordinary, layered and masterful writing and cited her second time win as ‘recognition of her standing as the country’s foremost writer of short stories’. The most recent competition was turned around in less than four weeks with the backing of Virgin Radio, many of the UK’s leading publishing houses, Amazon Alexa, and WHSmith, alongside a whole host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sport, music and more. This years’ judging panel was chaired by journalist and author Jonathan Freedland and included Commonwealth Prize winner Lucy Caldwell, who was shortlisted for both the 2012 and 2019 BBC NSSA; British-Nigerian writer Irenosen Okojie, a Betty Trask and Caine Prize winner; Edge Hill Prize shortlistee and Guardian short story columnist Chris Power; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Audio. Your script should be accompanied by a short synopsis, of no more than 400 words, which outlines the complete story of the play. Homepage. Zoë is joined on the panel by a judge from each of the five Commonwealth regions. Script Room is our main open submission opportunity for all writers aged 16 and over and resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland. We’re looking for short fiction stories! We will also appoint The LoveReading Very Short Story Award – People’s Choice Awards 2021. In perhaps the strongest field in the history of the BBC National Short Story Award, Sarah Hall’s story still stood out. The contest alternates annually between fiction (novel or short story collection) and nonfiction (memoir, essay collection, narrative nonfiction). About the Award: The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. In 2020, it will go to a work of nonfiction of at least 25,000 words; 2021 will be nonfiction. Sarah Hall has now won this Award twice, recognition of her standing as this country’s foremost writer of short stories.”, Di Speirs, Editor of Books at BBC Audio and judge of the Award since its launch says: “There are few writers who make even the shortlist more than once. Please visit our Opportunities Listing Requests page for full details of the information we require and how to get in touch. So I’m particularly delighted that, from a brilliant shortlist, Sarah Hall, a virtuoso in this field, sees her long service in the short story game recognised again.”. We are excited to continue to provide a creative platform to hear children’s voices. In perhaps the strongest field in the history of the BBC National Short Story Award, Sarah Hall’s story still stood out. “Award” means this competition to find the best short story which will be called The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2021. To keep writing really excellent short stories requires audacity, invention and practice. Its aim was to recognise and celebrate the very best writers of short fiction who had no prize equivalent to major literary awards like the Man Booker Prize.

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