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Edge Hill Prize shortlist is in

06/05/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Science fiction author Chris Beckett made it onto the list with The Turing Test by Elastic Press. The shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, launched by Edge Hill University three years ago, is the only competition in the UK for the best short story collection by a single author. The prize is co-sponsored by Blackwell.

The shortlist was announced at an event at the Writing on the Wall Festival in Liverpool. This year’s judges are James Walton, journalist and chair of BBC Radio 4’s The Write Stuff; Claire Keegan, last year’s winner of the Prize and Mark Flinn, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University.

The shortlist is:

Chris Beckett
The Turing Test
Elastic Press.

Gerard Donovan
Country of the Grand

Anne Enright
Yesterday’s Weather
Random House.

Shena Mackay
The Atmospheric Railway
Random House.

Ali Smith
The First Person and Other Stories
Hamish Hamilton.

James Walton, chair of the judges, told SFcrowsnest, "I'm delighted to be judging the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, especially at a time when short stories are making such a comeback - as you can see from all the distinguished writers on the shortlist."

Ailsa Cox, Reader in Creative Writing and English at Edge Hill University, added, "We're thrilled by the range and quality of the shortlist. Some of these names are already familiar from the Booker and the Orange Prize, while others are newer discoveries. Not many prizes put a science fiction author from a small press alongside the literary heavyweights! I'm especially pleased that there's so much humour in the writing - another great year for the prize."

The winning author will be presented with the £5,000 prize at the Bluecoat, Liverpool on 4th July 2009. The second prize winner and the readers’ prize will also receive £1,000 each.

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