Trevor wins new short story writing award

Trevor wins new short story writing award

Irish writer William Trevor has been named winner of the inaugural Charleston & Chichester Award for a Lifetime's Excellence in Short Fiction.

The award was given at a ceremony during the Small Wonder Festival, held in Charleston, East Sussex, this weekend.

Trevor, born in County Cork, has written several volumes of short stories as well as his novels, which include Felicia's Journey (Penguin) which won the Whitbread Book of the Year award. In 2002 he was given an honorary knighthood for his services to literature.

Diana Reich, administrator of the award, said that Trevor was "a master exponent of the tragedy of manners" and said he had been a "unanimous choice" by the judges.

The prize has been established by the Small Wonder Festival, supported by the University of Chichester. Dr Sarah Gilroy, deputy vice-chancellor of the university said: "We are delighted to build upon our long-standing partnership with Charleston and Small Wonder Festival by creating this literary award celebrating the vibrant discipline of short story writing."

Trevor's prize will be a specially commissioned work of art.