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. edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/ whats-on
To secure a free ticket to the VIP launch of Atlantic Drift visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/ events/2017/08/19/vip-poetryFORMER