Wilson wins BBC short story award

Wilson wins BBC short story award

The BBC National Short Story Award has been awarded to its youngest-ever winner, with 26-year-old D W Wilson accepting the £15,000 prize for his story The Dead Roads last night (26th September).

Author Jon McGregor, whose books include If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was the runner-up for the second year in a row for his story Wires. He was awarded a cheque for £3,000 by chair of judges, broadcaster Sue MacGregor, at an event in central London, which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 4's "Front Row".

The other shortlisted authors, M J Hyland, Alison MacLeod and K J Orr each received £500.

Chair of the judges MacGregor said: "The judges were unanimous in their choice of David Wilson's story as the winner: a beautifully crafted and involving tale set in the Canadian Rockies."

The shortlisted stories were each broadcast between 12th and 15th of September on BBC Radio 4. The award is administered by Booktrust, and is part of its UK-wide campaign, Story, to highlight the importance of the short story. Chief executive Viv Bird called Wilson "an extraordinary rising talent".