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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
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File size4.4 Mb
GanreShort Stories
Release date 08.07.2010
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I thought two of these stories were good enough to include on my Contemporary Short Stories syllabus this semester (Hitting Trees With Sticks by Jane Rogers and Lionel Shriver's Exchange Rates). I didn't think much of the winning story, 'The Not-Dead and the Saved', though. Despite the gravity of the subject matter, the story came across a bit trite. I thought the runner-up story was nice, but not very emotionally complex.

As an American steeped in the tradition of The New Yorker, The Paris Review and university fiction collections, I was surprised to hear the the British short story was as good as dead before the BBC National Short Story Award came around in 2005. The lure of prize money and publication alongside top British authors like Lionel Shriver seems to be doing the trick: encouraging British authors to return to this fascinating format. The competition's website also publishes interesting articles on the short story form for both writers and readers. I'm certainly happy to have stumbled upon this source of good literature, and I'm looking forward to the publication of the 2010 short list and winners.

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