Bare Fiction Prize 2018 - Short Story Entry
Short Story Judge: Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard is a poet and writer of fiction who was born in Kingston Upon Thames in 1981 and grew up in Luton. He won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2005 and his first collection of prose poems The Solex Brothers was published later that year by Stride. His second collection The Harbour Beyond the Moviewas published by Salt in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, making him the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted. He has a PhD in English from the University of Exeter and lectures at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society in their once per-decade list. His fifth collection of poems, Cain, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016 and selected as a book of the year by The Guardian and The Sunday Times and shortlisted for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize. His first novel, The Transition, was published by 4th Estate in January 2017 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott First Novel Award.
“I’ve been trying to articulate why the short story delights me as a form as much as it does. It’s partly jealousy: for all the stories I’ve written I’m still in awe of the ones I read. I think it’s that you get to try on another life for half an hour or so, in all its lurches of shame and small triumphs. The monstrously complacent English teacher at a Chinese school in Anna Metcalfe’s work; the devastated and crushingly delusional divorcee in William Trevor’s; the talking stick of butter in George Saunders. I don’t read expecting anything specifically, but to find myself dazzled by the quiet intensity of a medium that keeps me coming back.”
- Maximum 3000 words
- 1st Prize: £500
- 2nd Prize: £200
- 3rd Prize: £100
- 2 x Highly Commended: £25 each
Deadline: October 31st 2018
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