www.bbc.co.uk/nssa #BBCNSSA #ShortStories BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University 2020 shortlist is: ‘Pray’ by Caleb Azumah Nelson ‘In The Car With the Rain Coming Down’ by Jan Carson ‘The Grotesques’ by Sarah Hall ‘Come Down Heavy’ by Jack Houston ‘Scrimshaw’ by Eley Williams The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the […]Continue Reading
WELSH WRITER JO LLOYD WINS THE 2019 BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD WITH ‘TIMELESS’ AND ‘DEEPLY TENDER’ STORY INFLUENCED BY BREXIT, SOCIAL DIVISION AND FOLKLORE Welsh writer Jo Lloyd has won the fourteenth BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University 2019 (NSSA) for ‘The Invisible’, a distinctive and compellingly original story. Inspired by the […]Continue Reading
Six yards in front stood the blazing building. A minute before I would never have distinguished it from any other drab Victorian atrocity happily on fire. Now I was immediately certain of every minute detail. –William Sansom, ‘The Wall’ (1941) William Sansom was a short story writer and firefighter during the London Blitz. In these […]Continue Reading
The BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University celebrates the written word by encouraging students to read critically, foster skills in literary criticism, and to build confidence.
Aimed at 16-18 year olds, selected students flex their critical muscles as they read, discuss and critique the five stories shortlisted for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.
“I really, really liked the discussion – the teacher was one of us, rather than telling us” – Participating student from the BBC Student Critics’ Award 2018.
2018 saw 600 16 – 18-year-old students from 40 schools, and for 2019, this activity is being extended to encourage wider community link-ups between schools, colleges, libraries and bookshops around the UK.
Inaayat Hashim, Head of English at Pocklington School, York, led a group of sixth-formers in 2018 and said,
“This was such a tonic for students who have been jaded by public examination and sedated by a summer holiday. It energised them and imbued them with a vigour for academic debate that we are still running off weeks later.”
Each group selected receives a teaching resource for the short story which includes creative cross-curricular activity ideas; copies of the official BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University Anthology; a bespoke discussion guide for the five stories shortlisted for that year’s award and the possibility of live or online interactions with writers, judges, First Story Patrons and staff and students from Cambridge University Faculty of English, and a certificate for the group.
Please note that the shortlisted stories for the BBC National Short Story Award may contain adult themes.
In a special programme from the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Mariella Frostrup and guests discuss what today’s young people are writing and reading. Joining Mariella on the panel are Patrice Lawrence, award-winning YA author of Orange Boy and most recently Rose, Interrupted, Laura Waddell, UK Publishing Director of Tramp Press, William Sutcliffe who’s just published […]Continue Reading
The Cambridge University Library has created a unique virtual treasure trove of books, manuscripts and objects to provide a spark of inspiration for writers considering entering the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University. The items in the inspiration gallery cover a variety of times, places, authors and subjects. Some are objects which can […]Continue Reading
The 2018 Award Ceremony was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from West Road Concert Hall at the University of Cambridge. The winner of the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award and the Young Writers’ Award was announced in a programme celebrating the power and possibilities of the short story. In the programme, […]Continue Reading
The need for understanding, emotional connection and reconciliation feature in a ‘confident’, ‘irreverent’ and ‘experimental’ shortlist for the 2019 BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University announced live on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks on Sunday 22 September . For the first time, a love of poetry and a desire to experiment […]Continue Reading
Award-winning writer Lucy Caldwell joined by former bookseller Lynda Clark, charity worker Jacqueline Crooks, and new voices Tamsin Grey and Jo Lloyd to complete shortlist of writers exploring sexual politics, intolerance, community and immigration. Lucy Caldwell, multi-award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer, has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge […]Continue Reading