Posted on 09/14/2018 at 03:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The BBC’s national short story contest, for the fifth time, has an all-female shortlist.

Contest entries are judged blind — neither the author’s name nor gender is made available during the process, according to The Guardian.

Prize judge Di Speirs, editor of books at BBC Radio, told the paper that in the contest’s thirteen years of existence, there has never been an all-male shortlist.

Former winner Sarah Hall, Kerry Andrew, Kiare Ladner, Ingrid Persaud, and Nell Stevens are the final five contestants from the nearly eight hundred who submitted their work.

The winner will be announced October 2 and receive a £15,000 prize (over $19,000).

Learn more about the contest’s history from The Guardian, and meet the writers and their tales through BBC Radio.

Categories: Today in Books

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