‘The Edge of Shoal’ has won BBC National Short story
BBC National Short Story Award was founded by the NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in 2005 with the support from BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine. The award was originally known as ‘National Short Story Award.’
Winner receives £15,000 (Fifteen thousand pounds) for one short story and it considered as a richest prize in the world for one short story. The award is only for British authors but in 2012, it was open for Global audience too in an honour of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In 2017, the winner of this National Short Story Award is Cynan Jones for his work ‘The edge of the Shoal’. Jones is a British writer from Wales.
Things You Need To Know About Jones Story:
Snippet from ‘The edge of the shoal’
“He wakes floating on his back, caught on a clet by elastic toggle of his wetsuit shoe. Around him hailstones melt and dissipate. They are scattered on the kayak, roll off as it bobs on the slight waves. There is a hissing sound. The hailstones melting in the water…”
- Joanna Trollope chaired this year’s judging panel with Irish writer Eimear McBride and Author Jon McGregor.
- All the judges found Cynan’s story as the devastating exploration of the body as it hangs outside time.
- Trollope mentioned that the story is the perfect short story she has ever read.
- The story got published in the New Yorker and also appeared on BBC Radio4.
- Jones wrote his story in 6000 words which holds the reader in the present moment only. The story takes you to another level, and you can feel every inch of your brain in those 6,000 words.
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