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Levy on BBC International Short Story shortlist
01.01.70 | Charlotte Williams
Deborah Levy has made the shortlist for the £15,000 BBC International Short Story Prize, with her novel Swimming Home currently in the running for the Man Booker prize.
Levy's story "Black Vodka" has been selected alongside stories including "The iHole" by Julian Gough, who won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007, "Even Pretty Eyes Commit Crimes" by M J Hyland, who was shortlisted last year. Also on the shortlist are "Escape Routes" by Lucy Caldwell' "The Goose Father" by Krys Lee; "East of the West" by Miroslav Penkov; "Sanctuary" by Henrietta Rose-Innes; "In the Basement" by Adam Ross; "Before He Left the Family" by Carrie Tiffany, and "A Lovely and Terrible" by Chris Wormersley.
For the first time since it launched in 2006, and for one year only, the prize has invited authors from around the world to enter alongside UK writers.
The winning author will be announced on 2nd October on BBC Radio Four's "Front Row", with the winner scooping £15,000, the runner-up awarded £2,500 and the eight other shortlisted authors winning £250 each. The judging panel is this year chaired by broadcaster Clive Anderson, and comprised of novelists Anjali Joseph and Ross Raisin, novelist and creative writing professor Michele Roberts, and BBC Radio editor of readings, Di Speirs.
Anderson said: "Judging this competition was a great privilege and a perfect reminder of just how rewarding the short story genre can be. To celebrate the Olympics this year’s competition is international and the entries did come from all round the world. Universal themes were explored within the confines of the short story. In the ten which made it to the shortlist are to be found every day human activities such as first loves and last laughs, infidelity and murder. Plus a goose, a dog and a must-have disposable electronic device. In short, some great stories."