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BBC National Short Story Award 2017

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Submissions are now closed for the 2017 award for 14-18 year olds, but the judges will be reading all your short stories over the next few months and choosing their favourites.

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Holly Bourne is an author and a journalist. Holly's first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the Spinster Club series, Am I Normal Yet?, was chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. The Spinster Club series has also inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs across the UK and Ireland. Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor of TheSite.org - a charity-run advice and information website for young people.

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Latest update 'Submissions for the 2017 Award are now closed'

Celebrating the power of the short story

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each.

The shortlist of the top five stories will be announced Saturday 30 September 2017. The winner of the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2017 will be announced at an awards ceremony broadcast live on Radio 4's Front Row on Tuesday 3rd October 2017. The winner will have their story broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and receive a personalised mentoring session with an author to help develop their writing skills.

The 2017 Award is now closed for submissions.

The shortlist will be announced on 15th September 2017, and the winner on 3rd October 2017.

Please see bbc.co.uk/nssa for more information on the BBC National Short Story Award and submissions.

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