All-women shortlist for BBC Short Story Prize

<p>An all-female shortlist has been revealed for the BBC National Short Story Award, with Orange Prize-winner Lionel Shriver battling four other authors for the &pound;15,000 prize.<br /><br />More than 600 entries were received for the award, which celebrates the best of contemporary British short stories and is part of the national campaign &quot;story&quot;, which supports the form. The shortlist was revealed on Friday evening (27th November) on BBC Radio 4&#39;s &quot;Front Row&quot;.<br /><br />Author of the Orange-winning <em>We Need to Talk About Kevin author</em>, Shriver is nominated for her story &quot;Exchange Rates&quot;, while Naomi Alderman, whose novel <em>Disobedience</em> won the Orange New Writers prize in 2006, is listed for &quot;Other People&#39;s Gods&quot;. The shortlist also includes Kate Clanchy for &quot;The Not-Dead and the Saved&quot;, Sara Maitland for &quot;Moss Witch&quot;, and Jane Rogers for &quot;Hitting Trees with Sticks&quot;.</p><p>The judging panel consisted of singer-songwriter Will Young, author Dame Margaret Drabble, Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore and BBC Radio 4&#39;s editor Di Speirs. Broadcaster and chair of judges Tom Sutcliffe said: &quot;We weren&#39;t just struck by the quality of the short stories this year, but also by the range of what the short story can do&mdash;from Joycean epiphany to playful literary games.</p><p>&quot;What&#39;s exciting about the short story is that there are less limits on this form than there are on the novel and I hope our short list gives a sense of that scope&mdash;excellent writing in very different forms and voices.&quot;<br /><br />Actors Miriam Margolyes, Penelope Wilton, Hannah Gordon, Jason Isaacs and Julia McKenzie will each read one story which will be broadcast daily on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30pm from tonight (30th November).&#8232;<br /><br />The winner will be announced on 7th December, with &pound;3,000 also going to the runner up and the three remaining authors receiving &pound;500 each. <br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>