Bragg to judge Sunday Times short story prize

Broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg is to join the judging panel for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for a second year in a row.

Bragg will be joined by actor Ian Hart, playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi, novelist Joanna Trollope and novelist and short story writer Edna O’Brien, who herself has just won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

The line-up is completed by Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate and Matthew Evans, chairman of EFG Private Bank and non-voting chair of judges.

Trollope, who will also chair the judging panel for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012, said: "This is going to be a rich reading winter with two prizes to judge, both admirable and both in a completely different writing genre . . . I intend to emerge from this winter better read, broader minded and more convinced than ever of the unique value of fiction to the reading public—in which I definitely include myself."

The award celebrates the best story from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

The deadline for submissions is 28th October 2011, with the longlist announced on 19th February 2012 and shortlist on 4th March. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced on 30th March 2012.

The shortlisted authors will each receive £1,000, double the 2011 prize.