Infidelities wins Edge Hill Short Story prize

Infidelities wins Edge Hill Short Story prize

Kirsty Gunn [pictured] has won this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her collection Infidelities (Faber & Faber).
 
The £5,000 prize is now in its ninth year and is run by Dr Ailsa Cox, reader in creative writing and English at Edge Hill University.
 
Cox said: “We chose Kirsty Gunn’s title for its haunting imagery and the beauty of its style. Sentence by sentence, Infidelities shows us the short story’s ability to take us straight to the heart of the mystery.”
 
Gunn beat off competition from other shortlisted writers Toby Litt, Anneliese Mackintosh, Carys Davies, Madeleine D’Arcy and Rose Tremain. She said: “It is a tremendous honour and surprise to be awarded the Edge Hill Prize. I would like to thank Ailsa Cox and her colleagues for running such an important prize celebrating the short story. It creates community and a sense of fellowship for short story writers."
 
Several other awards were given out on the night. Madeleine D’Arcy, also shortlisted for the main prize, won a £1,000 readers choice award for Waiting for the Bullet (Doire Press).
 
Shannon Eden won the £250 Jo Powell award, which commemorates the life of crime writer Jo Powell, for "The Glass Passenger", while Trevor Fevin won a £500 prize for students on the Edge Hill MA creative writing course with his story "Reckitt’s Blue".