Short Story Festival launches award

Short Story Festival launches award

A new award for short story writing will be unveiled at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival held in East Sussex later this month.

The Charleston & Chichester Award for a Lifetime's Excellence in Short Fiction will be given to a writer chosen by a panel of experts each year. The prize will take the form of a specially commissioned work of art.

2013 is the tenth anniversary of the Small Wonder Festival, held in Charleston, a former meeting place for Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.

Diana Reich, artistic director of the festival and award administrator said: "This is a landmark year for Small Wonder. Over the past decade, the Festival has become a centre of excellence for the short story and is synonymous with the revival of interest in the genre. There is no better way to celebrate this milestone than by launching a new literary award, together with the University of Chichester, honouring an outstanding record in the publication of remarkable short stories."

The winner will be announced at 11am on 29th September.