Aitken Alexander author Mark Haddon shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award

BBC short story

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time author, Mark Haddon joins Jonathan Buckley, Frances Leviston, Hilary Mantel and Jeremy Page on this year’s shortlist.

Selected from 438 entries, this year’s shortlist is:

  • ‘Briar Road’ by Jonathan Buckley – A psychic investigates the case of a missing teenager.
  • ‘Bunny’ by Mark Haddon – A morbidly obese young man makes an unlikely friend as his world shrinks around him.
  • ‘Broderie Anglaise’ by Frances Leviston – A tale of tensions between a mother and a daughter.
  • ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’ by Hilary Mantel – An intruder hovers at a window hoping to catch a shot at Margaret Thatcher.
  • ‘Do It Now, Jump The Table’ by Jeremy Page – A young man meets his girlfriend’s parents for the first time – not knowing that they are nudists.

The winner of this year’s Award will be announced on Wednesday 6 October live on BBC 4’s Front Row. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner-up £3,000 and the remaining shortlisted authors will receive £500.

Read more about the prize and this year’s shortlist from the Booktrust website here.