The shortlist for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award has been announced:
- M.J. Hyland, ‘Rag Love’
- Alison MacLeod, ‘The Heart of Denis Noble’
- Jon McGregor, ‘Wires’
- K.J. Orr, ‘The Human Circadian Pacemaker’
- D.W. Wilson, ‘The Dead Roads’
My initial thoughts? I enjoyed Jon McGregor’s shortlisted story last year, and the Alison MacLeod collection I read a few months ago. I’ve read M.J. Hyland before, but it’s been a long time since; the other two authors are unknown to me. If the standard of this year’s shortlist is anything like last year’s, we’re in for a treat; the signs are good as far as I can see.
BBC Radio 4 are broadcasting each shortlisted story at 3.30pm (BST) on consecutive days from Monday 12th, with the winner to be announced on Monday 26th September.