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message 1: by Paul (last edited Aug 09, 2019 04:57AM) (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments The Edge Hill Prize is now the only UK award for a single-authored collection of short stories, and has a prize of £10,000.

Former winners:
Year Author Short Story Collection
2007 Colm Toibin Mothers and Sons
2008 Claire Keegan Walk the Blue Fields
2009 Chris Beckett The Turing Test
2010 Jeremy Dyson The Cranes that Build the Cranes
2011 Graham Mort Touch
2012 Sarah Hall The Beautiful Indifference
2013 Kevin Barry Dark Lies the Island
2014 John Burnside Something Like Happy
2015 Kirsty Gunn Infidelities
2016 Jessie Greengrass An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw it
2017 Daisy Johnson Fen
2018 Tess Hadley Bad Dreams


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments 2018 longlist announced today - and includes the two short story collections from the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize, including our winner:

Kelly Creighton – Bank Holiday Hurricane (Doire Press)

Agnieszka Dale – Fox Season (Jantar Publishing)

Lucy Durneen – Wild Gestures (MidnightSun Publishing)

Tessa Hadley – Bad Dreams (Penguin)

Sarah Hall – Madame Zero (Faber & Faber)

M John Harrison – You Should Come With Me now (Comma Press)

David Hayden — Darker with the Lights On (Little Island Press)

James Kelman – That was a Shiver (Canongate)

Alison MacLeod – All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury)

Sean O’Reilly – Levitation (Stinging Fly Press)

Adam O’Riordan – The Burning Ground (Bloomsbury)

Tom Rachman – Basket Of Deplorables (Riverrun)

Leone Ross – Come Let us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree Press)

Nicholas Royle – Ornithology (Confingo)

Eley Williams – Attrib (Influx Press)


message 3: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments I've read 4 which I would rank

1 Eley Williams – Attrib (Influx Press)
2 M John Harrison – You Should Come With Me now (Comma Press)
3 David Hayden — Darker with the Lights On (Little Island Press)
4 Sean O’Reilly – Levitation (Stinging Fly Press)


Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer | 6977 comments Oddly enough (not) I have read the same 4

I also feel like I have read the Nicholas Royle book given his namesake's "English Guide to Birdwatching"

1 Eley Williams – Attrib (Influx Press)
2 David Hayden — Darker with the Lights On (Little Island Press)
3 M John Harrison – You Should Come With Me now (Comma Press)
4 Sean O’Reilly – Levitation (Stinging Fly Press)


message 5: by WndyJW (new)

WndyJW | 6595 comments Thank you for posting this, Paul. I love short story collections and I never read them cover to cover. I read a few stories between novels, when I have reader’s block or when the mood strikes.
I would not be able to choose between Eley Williams or David Hayden.


message 6: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3590 comments Mod
I have read three of these, and would rank them

1 Attrib
2 Madame Zero
3 Darker With the Lights On


message 7: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments In a great week for small Indy presses should say for balance that the RoC books missed out on the shortlist for this one

Bad Dreams by Tess Hadley (Jonathan Cape)

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall (Faber)

All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury)

Basket of Deplorables by Tom Rachman (Riverrun Books)

Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross (Peepal Tree Press) 


message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Although Peepal are a small independent and were longlisted for the 2017 RoC


message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments 2018 winner was Bad Dreams by Tess Hadley

2019 shortlist out:

Wendy Erskine – Sweet Home (Stinging Fly)
Vicky Grut – Live Show Drink Included (Holland Park Press)
Chris Power – Mothers (Faber & Faber)
David Szalay – Turbulence (Jonathan Cape)
Simon Van Booy – The Sadness of Beautiful Things (Penguin)
Lucy Wood – The Sing of the Shore (4th Estate)

1st of those also on the RoC shortlist this year and strongly recommended. Interestingly chair of judges commented:

Historically, the Edge Hill Prize has been dominated by female writers, so it is interesting to see male writers making a strong showing this year.


Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer | 6977 comments I have read Sweet Home which was fantastic and Turbulence which was not.

My reviews

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 11: by Hugh (last edited Aug 09, 2019 06:02AM) (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3590 comments Mod
Mothers and The Sing of the Shore were good too (with links to my reviews).


Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer | 6977 comments Unfortunately Turbulence wins.


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments 2020 longlist:

Julia Armfield – Salt Slow (Picador)

Lisa Blower – It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mothers (Myriad Editions)

Elleke Boehmer – To the Volcano (Myriad Editions)

Lucy Sweeney Byrne – Paris Syndrome (Banshee Press)

Ruby Cowling – This Paradise (Boiler House Press)

Shelley Day – What Are You Like (Postbox Press)

Nicole Flattery – Show Them a Good Time (Bloomsbury)

Sarah Hall – Sudden Traveller (Faber)

Kirsty Logan – Things We Say in the Dark (Vintage)

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – Manchester Happened (One World)

Linda Mannheim – This Way to Departures (Influx Press)

Amanda O’Callaghan – This Taste of Silence (University of Queensland Press)


message 14: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Haven't read any although several are books on my radar

Sarah Hall is a former winner and also two-time shortlistee.


message 15: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Shortlist


Paris Syndrome by Lucy Sweeney Byrne (Banshee Press)

This Paradise by Ruby Cowling (Boiler House Press)

What Are You Like by Shelley Day (Postbox Press)

Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall (Faber)

This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim (Influx Press)

Great to see some small presses although I suspect Sarah Hall is the favourite.


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments 2020 winner was What Are You Like by Shelley Day (Postbox Press)


message 17: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments 2021 longlist

Alice Ash Paradise Block (Profile/Serpent’s Tail)
Annabel Banks Exercises in Control (Influx)
Kevin Barry That Old Country Music (Canongate)
Adrian Duncan Midfield Dynamo (Lilliput Press)
Angela Graham A City Burning (Seren)
Rosanna Hildyard Slaughter (Broken Sleep Books)
Rosemary Jenkinson Lifestyle Choice 10MG (Doire Press)
A L Kennedy We are Attempting to Survive our Time (Jonathan Cape)
Louise Kennedy The End of the World is a Cul-de-Sac (Bloomsbury)
Jo Lloyd The Earth, that Great Exchequer, Ready Lies (Swift Press)
Graham Mort Like Fado (Salt)
John O’Donnell Almost the Same Blue and other stories (Doire Press)
Alexandros Plasatis Made by Sea and Wood in Darkness (Spuyten Duyvil)
Fernando Sdrigotti Jolts (Influx)
Hannah Vincent She-Clown (Myriad Editions)


message 18: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Of which I've only read the first, Paradise Block


message 19: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Shortlist

Paradise Block by Alice Ash (Serpent’s Tail/Profile); 

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry (Canongate). Kevin won the prize in 2013 for Dark Lies the Island; 

Lifestyle Choice 10mg by Rosemary Jenkinson (Doire Press); 

The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies by Jo Lloyd (Swift Press); 

Made by Sea and Wood, in Darkness by Alexandros Plasatis (Spuyten Duyvil); 

She-Clown by Hannah Vincent (Myriad Editions). 


message 20: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Of which I have still just read the first, Paradise Block.


message 21: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3590 comments Mod
I read the Kevin Barry earlier this week and must get round to writing a review. Haven't read any of the others either.


message 22: by Neil (new)

Neil | 2063 comments I have read just the Ash and the Barry. I liked both but preferred the Barry. I don’t read many short story collections.


message 23: by David (new)

David Hebblethwaite | 18 comments The only book on this year's shortlist that I've read is the Barry, which I found as enjoyable as ever. I reviewed it here: https://shinynewbooks.co.uk/that-old-...


message 24: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments In the run up to the winner announcement the prize website is featuring interviews with each author and also one of their stories is freely available.

Eg Kevin Barry today

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/shortstory...


message 25: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Prize ceremony live tonight on YouTube at 630 UK

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zannjit...


message 26: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 168 comments And the winner is ..... Kevin Barry.


message 27: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments I'd have loved Alice Ash to win but he is a very fine writer


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Alice Ash did win the readers’ prize (actually I think voted for by the students)


message 29: by WndyJW (new)

WndyJW | 6595 comments Maybe I should read my short story collections on weekends while reading a long novel. I have two shelves of short story collections, but as with long novels, I put off short stories to focus on novels.


message 30: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments 2022 longlist:

How to Gut a Fish Sheila Armstrong (Bloomsbury)
Man-hating Psycho Iphgenia Baal (Influx Press)
Human Terrain Emily Bullock (Reflex Press)
Fugitive David Butler (Arlen House)
Intimacies Lucy Caldwell (Faber
Dance Move Wendy Erskine (Stinging Fly)
English Magic Uschi Gatward (Galley Beggar Press)
Fauna David Hartley (Fly on the Wall Press)
Marching Season Rosemary Jenkinson (Arlen House)
Dark Neighbourhood Vanessa Onwuemezi (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Am I in the Right Place Ben Pester (Boiler House Press)
Things We Do Not Tell The People We Love Huma Qureshi (Sceptre)
Send Nudes Saba Sams (Bloomsbury)
The Map Waits Sharon Telfer (Reflex Press)


message 31: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments I've read Dance Move, English Magic, Dark Neighbourhood and Am I in the Right Place.

All 4 are good - although particularly pleased to see Am I in the Right Place? which is very well done and has perhaps had less attention that the other 3.


message 32: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 463 comments I started listening to the audio of Send Nudes but got bored - that might well be to do with the format and I'm planning to try again with the text.


message 33: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10564 comments Shortlist

Man Hating Psycho by Iphgenia Baal (Influx Press)
Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell (Faber)
Dance Move by Wendy Erskine (Stinging Fly/Picador)
Dark Neighbourhood by Vanessa Onwuemezi (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Send Nudes by Saba Sams (Bloomsbury)


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