BBC National Short Story Award 2015

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01BBC National Short Story Award20150921

When their daughter goes missing, a desperate family enlist the help of a clairvoyant to shed light on her fate. Yet their encounter with this visitor puts them all under immense strain. No ordinary psychic, the unnamed narrator surveys the scene with a chillingly forensic eye for detail and an extensive back-catalogue of success stories - her 'bona fides' - to refer to. But, as she realises through a series of intense visions, this will not be a successful intervention.

The first of five short stories in contention for this prestigious award. Now in its tenth year, the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 continues to promote the best in contemporary British short fiction and to celebrate both established and new writers of the genre. The five stories shortlisted for the award will be broadcast every day this week at 3.30pm.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Jonathan Buckley

Read by Maxine Peake

Produced by Simon Richardson.

01BBC National Short Story Award20150921

01BBC National Short Story Award20150921

When their daughter goes missing, a desperate family enlist the help of a clairvoyant to shed light on her fate. Yet their encounter with this visitor puts them all under immense strain. No ordinary psychic, the unnamed narrator surveys the scene with a chillingly forensic eye for detail and an extensive back-catalogue of success stories - her 'bona fides' - to refer to. But, as she realises through a series of intense visions, this will not be a successful intervention.

The first of five short stories in contention for this prestigious award. Now in its tenth year, the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 continues to promote the best in contemporary British short fiction and to celebrate both established and new writers of the genre. The five stories shortlisted for the award will be broadcast every day this week at 3.30pm.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Jonathan Buckley

Read by Maxine Peake

Produced by Simon Richardson.

01BBC National Short Story Award20150921

02Bbc National Short Story Award20150922

He dangerously over-eats; just as seriously he lives at home in fear of the outdoors. Until Leah calls and his life takes a dramatic turn..

The second of five short stories shortlisted for this prestigious award, which in 2015 marks its 10th year. For a decade now the award has shone a light on the very best in contemporary British short fiction and celebrates writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Mark Haddon

Read by Colin Buchanan

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Duncan Minshull.

02Bbc National Short Story Award20150922

He dangerously over-eats; just as seriously he lives at home in fear of the outdoors. Until Leah calls and his life takes a dramatic turn..

The second of five short stories shortlisted for this prestigious award, which in 2015 marks its 10th year. For a decade now the award has shone a light on the very best in contemporary British short fiction and celebrates writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Mark Haddon

Read by Colin Buchanan

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Duncan Minshull.

03Bbc National Short Story Award20150923

In Frances Leviston's short story, hidden tensions between a mother and daughter surface in the emotional build-up to a family wedding.

This is the third story shortlisted for this celebrated award.

The third of five short stories shortlisted for this prestigious award, which in 2015 marks its 10th year. For a decade now the award has shone a light on the very best in contemporary British short fiction and celebrates writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Frances Leviston

Read by Kate O'Flynn

Abridged by Sara Davies

Produced by Justine Willett.

03Bbc National Short Story Award20150923

In Frances Leviston's short story, hidden tensions between a mother and daughter surface in the emotional build-up to a family wedding.

This is the third story shortlisted for this celebrated award.

The third of five short stories shortlisted for this prestigious award, which in 2015 marks its 10th year. For a decade now the award has shone a light on the very best in contemporary British short fiction and celebrates writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Frances Leviston

Read by Kate O'Flynn

Abridged by Sara Davies

Produced by Justine Willett.

04BBC National Short Story Award20150924

In Hilary Mantel's shortlisted story for this coveted award which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015 a woman mistakes a sniper for a plumber. Held in captivity in leafy Windsor, will she become complicit in his murderous plot?

The fourth of five short stories shortlisted for this prestigious award, which in 2015 marks its 10th year. For a decade now the award has shone a light on the very best in contemporary British short fiction and celebrates writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Hilary Mantel

Read by Rebekah Staton

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04BBC National Short Story Award20150924

04BBC National Short Story Award20150924

In Hilary Mantel's shortlisted story for this coveted award which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015 a woman mistakes a sniper for a plumber. Held in captivity in leafy Windsor, will she become complicit in his murderous plot?

The fourth of five short stories shortlisted for this prestigious award, which in 2015 marks its 10th year. For a decade now the award has shone a light on the very best in contemporary British short fiction and celebrates writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Hilary Mantel

Read by Rebekah Staton

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04BBC National Short Story Award20150924

05Bbc National Short Story Award20150925

In Jeremy Page's short story, a young man prepares to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time - in the disquieting knowledge that they enjoy a somewhat alternative lifestyle.

The fifth shortlisted entry for this coveted award for the short story. Now in its tenth year the award continues to celebrate the very best in British short fiction and to showcase writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Jeremy Page

Read by Blake Ritson

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Justine Willett.

05Bbc National Short Story Award20150925

In Jeremy Page's short story, a young man prepares to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time - in the disquieting knowledge that they enjoy a somewhat alternative lifestyle.

The fifth shortlisted entry for this coveted award for the short story. Now in its tenth year the award continues to celebrate the very best in British short fiction and to showcase writers both established and new.

To mark the tenth year of the Award, the BBC and Book Trust have launched Student Choice, in which nearly 500 16-18 year old students from 20 schools around the UK cast their own votes on the shortlist.

This year also sees the launch of the BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust. Open to 14-18 year olds, the aim of this Award is to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers and is a cross-network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

The winner and the runner-up of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award 2015 will be announced live from the BBC's Radio Theatre on Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6th October. At the same time the inaugural winners of Student Choice and the BBC Young Writers' Award will also be unveiled.

Written by Jeremy Page

Read by Blake Ritson

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Produced by Justine Willett.