<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 £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 "story", which supports the form. The shortlist was revealed on Friday evening (27th November) on BBC Radio 4's "Front Row".<br /><br />Author of the Orange-winning <em>We Need to Talk About Kevin author</em>, Shriver is nominated for her story "Exchange Rates", while Naomi Alderman, whose novel <em>Disobedience</em> won the Orange New Writers prize in 2006, is listed for "Other People's Gods". The shortlist also includes Kate Clanchy for "The Not-Dead and the Saved", Sara Maitland for "Moss Witch", and Jane Rogers for "Hitting Trees with Sticks".</p><p>The judging panel consisted of singer-songwriter Will Young, author Dame Margaret Drabble, Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore and BBC Radio 4's editor Di Speirs. Broadcaster and chair of judges Tom Sutcliffe said: "We weren't just struck by the quality of the short stories this year, but also by the range of what the short story can do—from Joycean epiphany to playful literary games.</p><p>"What'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—excellent writing in very different forms and voices."<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).
<br /><br />The winner will be announced on 7th December, with £3,000 also going to the runner up and the three remaining authors receiving £500 each. <br /><br /><br /><br /> </p>