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THE hotly an­tic­i­pated short­list for this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize has been an­nounced.

Five col­lec­tions have made the short­list from a longlist of 41. Four are de­but col­lec­tions.

Mul­ti­tudes (published by Faber), from prize-win­ning Belfast nov­el­ist and play­wright Lucy Cald­well, charts the threats facing women as they grow up.

The sto­ries in Daisy John­son’s Fen (Cape) are set in an un­canny and weirdly mag­i­cal East Anglian land­scape, while Irenosen Okjie’s Speak Gi­gan­tu­lar (Jacaranda) ex­plores the sur­real and some­times comic as­pects of con­tem­po­rary ex­pe­ri­ence.

KJ Orr fo­cuses on con­nec­tions and dis­con­nec­tions be­tween char­ac­ters around the world, in Light Box (Daunt).

Joanna Walsh’s sec­ond col­lec­tion, Ver­tigo (published by And Other Sto­ries), fol­lows one char­ac­ter’s life through a se­ries of frag­ments.

The win­ner of the £10,000 prize will be an­nounced at an ex­clu­sive Short Story Prize event at the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Book Fes­ti­val on Au­gust 26, at­tended by the short­listed au­thors and judges.

The uni­ver­sity is also or­gan­is­ing a VIP launch event at the fes­ti­val for Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity Press and the pub­li­ca­tion of its sec­ond book At­lantic Drift po­etry an­thol­ogy.

Held at 9.30pm on Au­gust 19 in the Party Pavil­ion, this fol­lows Edge Hill’s spon­sor­ship of Mersey poet Roger McGough’s event at 8.15pm.

To book for the Short Story Prize event visit www. ed­book­­ti­val/ whats-on

To se­cure a free ticket to the VIP launch of At­lantic Drift visit www.edge­ events/2017/08/19/vip-po­et­ryFORMER

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