The Bookseller – News – Caldwell and Onwuemezi shortlisted for £10,000 Edge Hill Short Story Prize


Lucy Caldwell and Vanessa Onwuemezi are among the finalists for this year’s £10,000 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

The award is now in its 16th year and is the only national literary award to recognize excellence in a collection of short stories published by a single author.

Caldwell is in for Intimacies (Faber) while Onwuemezi is nominated for Dark neighborhood (Fitzcarraldo Editions). They will conflict with Man Hating Psycho by Iphgenie Baal (Influx Press), dance move by Wendy Erskine (Stinging Fly/Picador) and send nudes by Saba Sams (Bloomsbury).

This year’s shortlist includes two previously shortlisted writers, Caldwell and Erskine, and two early collections from Onwuemezi and Sams.

A £1,000 Readers’ Choice Prize will also be awarded to one of the shortlisted authors, along with a £500 prize for the best short story submitted by an Edge Hill MA creative writing student.

Billy Cowan, award organizer and creative writing lecturer, said: “We had a record number of entries this year, which makes our job very challenging, but in the end, these five books resonated the most with of our readers.

“It’s an exciting mix of established writers and new writers and I’m especially thrilled that we have two top collections on the list.”

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in November.

The judges for the 2022 award are 2021 winner Kevin Barry, literary development officer Arzu Tahsin and Sarah Schofield, writer and lecturer in creative writing at Edge Hill University.

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