Yentob to chair BBC National Short Story award judges

Yentob to chair BBC National Short Story award judges

Alan Yentob will chair the judging panel for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014.

The BBC creative director will be joined on the judging panel by writer and musician Amit Chaudhuri; writer, illustrator and performer Laura Dockrill; poet and novel Adam Foulds; and regular judge and editor, books, BBC radio, Di Speirs.

The winner of the award, now in its ninth year, will receive £15,000, with the runner-up getting £3,000 and three further shortlisted authors receiving £500 each.

Yentob said: “The BBC has a long and proud history of broadcasting the very best short stories from British writers. It is one of the world’s leading champions of the form, commissioning dozens of stories every year, from both established and emerging talent.  

“Now in its ninth year, the Award is part of an on-going commitment to celebrate and support a literary genre that has always been integral to BBC Radio.”

The award is open for submissions from publishers, agents and published authors from the UK until 5pm on Friday 28th February.

The shortlist of five stories will be announced on BBC Radio Four’s Front Row during the week commencing September 15th, with each of the five stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 throughout the following week.

The stories will also be published in a special anthology and be available for free audio download.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on Tuesday 30th September.

Last year the award was won by Sarah Hall for her story "Mrs Fox".

The award is run in partnership with Booktrust.