Chris Power’s Mothers shortlisted for the 2019 Edge Hill Short Story Prize


An equal balance of female and male writers are shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize, worth £10,000.

Six collections have been whittled down from the longlist of 12 for the only UK-based award that recognises excellence in a single author short story collection. They are:

Wendy Erskine – Sweet Home (Stinging Fly)
Vicky Grut – Live Show Drink Included (Holland Park Press)
Chris Power – Mothers (Faber & Faber)
David Szalay – Turbulence (Jonathan Cape)
Simon Van Booy – The Sadness of Beautiful Things (Penguin)
Lucy Wood – The Sing of the Shore (4th Estate)

The winner will be announced at an exclusive Short Story Prize event on 25 October at Waterstones Piccadilly, London. The ceremony will also include a £1,000 Reader’s Choice Award to an author from the shortlist, and a further category for stories by Edge Hill University’s MA Creative Writing students. The students who have been shortlisted this year for the MA prize are: Harry Draper, Molly Smallwood, Carolyn Stockdale, Natalie McCulloch, Steven Kenny and Tamsin James.

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize was founded in 2006 by the world’s first Professor of Short Fiction, Ailsa Cox, to highlight the intricate artisanship of short story writing and acknowledge the wealth of published collections available.


Click here to read more on Edge Hill’s website.