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K. J. Orr Wins 2016 BBC National Short Story Award

Posted on 4th October 2016 by Sally Campbell
Beating a strong field - including two-time Booker winner Hilary Mantel - debut author K.J. Orr bags the coveted BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust for 2016 with her short story Disappearances.

All of us at Waterstones offer our hearty congratulations to debut author K.J. Orr on her win of the coveted BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust for 2016 with her short story Disappearances.

In a ceremony held at the BBC's Radio Theatre, London, Orr was presented with the £15,000 prize by Dame Jenni Murray who was this year's Chair of Judges. Di Spiers, Books Editor at BBC Radio 4 commented that the writer's 'precision and clarity, her ability to expose a life in a line and to induce sympathy and disdain, linger long after reading the final paragraph.’ For judge Kei Miller, the Buenos Aires-set Disappearances stands as "a near perfect example of how the short story works - a small world that’s perfectly observed."

Claire-Lousie Burnett, also debuting, won £3000 as runner up for her story Morning, Noon & Night and three other shorlisted authors (received Lavinia Greenlaw, Hilary Mantel and Tahmima Anam) receive £500 apiece.



The five shortlisted stories can be found in the accompanying anthology, the BBC National Short Story Award 2016, which is available now and introduced by Dame Jenni Murray. Readers can also listen online to the original BBC Radio 4 broadcasts at www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/nssa for up to 30 days after their first airing.

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