The 2023 BBC NSSA and YWA Awards – Submissions Open!

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) and BBC Young Writers’ Award with Cambridge University (YWA) open for submissions Thursday 12 January 2023 at 9am with BBC News journalist and presenter Reeta Chakrabarti chairing the judging panel for the BBC NSSA’s 18th year. Reeta Chakrabarti, Chair of the 2023 BBC National Short […]

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National Short Story Awards 2022 Winner Announced: Saba Sams

Saba Sams wins 17th BBC National Short Story Award for Debut Story Celebrating the Power and Agency of Youth Saba Sams has won the seventeenth BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) with ‘Blue 4eva’, a story about sexual identity, agency, power and class, taken from her debut collection, Send Nudes. Sams was […]

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Winner of the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2021: Tabitha Rubens

Tabitha Rubens, 19, from London, has won the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2021 with Cambridge University (YWA) for ‘Super-Powder’, a story written after the winter lockdown when young people were struggling with their mental health and self-esteem. Exposing modern society’s exploitation of insecurities for profit, the story was praised by the judges for its ‘spirit […]

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Cambridge University teams with the BBC to launch the National Short Story Award and Young Writers’ Award 2021

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University, and the BBC Young Writers’ Award with Cambridge University are  now open for submissions. The Cambridge English Faculty is delighted once again to be collaborating with the BBC on these prestigious national awards, which support and nurture new and established short-story writers. We will be working […]

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2020 BBC Young Writers’ Award shortlist revealed

After months of waiting, the deeply impressive shortlist for the 2020 BBC Young Writers’ Award, with First Story and Cambridge University, has been announced on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks. The five shortlisted writers are: ‘Winds that Travel Across’ by Maleeha Faruki, 18, from Leicester‘Three Pomegranate Seeds’ by Mei Kawagoe, 15, from Leicestershire‘Bingo Tuesdays’ by […]

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Sarah Hall Nominated for Fourth Time as 15th BBC National Short Story Award Reveals Bold, Experimental Shortlist Celebrating a Generation of Voices

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 […]

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Celebrated young poet, Georgie Woodhead wins 2019 BBC Young Writers’ Award with short story about a night out clubbing, friendship and guilt

Georgie Woodhead, 16, from Sheffield has won the 2019 BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) for ‘Jelly-headed’, a tragi-comic story about an ill-fated night out that ends in devastating circumstances on a nightclub roof. A gripping story about friendship, moral dilemma, and the absurdity of life, it was praised by […]

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What are young people writing and reading?, BBC Radio 4 Live from the Edinburgh Book Festival

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 […]

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