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Short story collection news: Libris prize and Edge Hill shortlist

Short stories can be lucrative: D. Hooijer has won the 2008 Libris Literature Prize for her short story collection The Daily Grind is a Predator. This is the first time the prize, worth EUR 50,000, has been awarded for a short story collection. The jury commented that

In her stories she has managed to strike a delicate balance between story and narrative style, between content and form. Hooijer succeeds in making her stories surprising, moving and humorous.

We will have to wait until they are translated into English!

For more on the Libris prize click here.

The shortlist for the second Edge Hill Prize, worth £5000 to the winner, was announced on Saturday 10 May, at the climax of the Oceans of Stories Conference, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University. Author Helen Simpson presented the shortlist, which was selected by three judges: author Hilary Mantel, BBC Producer Duncan Minshull, and Prof. Rhiannon Evans.

The shortlist in full is:

Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman (Comma Press)
The Separate Heart by Simon Robson (Jonathan Cape)
Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan (Faber and Faber)
The People on Privilege Hill by Jane Gardam (Chatto and Windus)
Old Devil Moon by Christopher Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)

Congratulations to all those shortlisted – winner announced in July.

More on the prize here.

4 comments on “Short story collection news: Libris prize and Edge Hill shortlist

  1. Women Rule Writer
    May 13, 2008

    Tiny Deaths is on the FOC longlist too. Robert Shearman must be feeling chuffed!The Simon Robson book is extraordinary; really classy writing and then it ends with this madly funny romp of a story. Defo worth a read. Hope he wins!


  2. Rob Shearman
    May 13, 2008

    I am indeed feeling chuffed! Chuffed and bemused and boggled. I keep waiting for someone to point out to me there’s another book out there with the same title written by an author with a name so coincidentally similar it’s spelt exactly the same way.I’m expecting a phone call to this effect any time now.And I’m so thrilled to be a nominee amongst writers I admire so much. I’ve read them all, and I’m proud to be on the same list.


  3. Women Rule Writer
    May 14, 2008

    Oh hello Robert! Congrats. I haven’t read your book yet but I intend to. Maybe we’ll meet at the Frank O’Connor Fest in Cork in September. Fingers crossed for you!


  4. Anonymous
    May 15, 2008

    I like your blog…thanks.Terry Finley


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