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Orr wins £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award

Debut British author K J Orr has won the £15,000 (A$25,070) BBC National Short Story Award for her story ‘Disappearances’, featured in her collection Light Box (Daunt Books). The story, which centres on a retired plastic surgeon who develops a relationship with a local waitress in Buenos Aires, was described by judge Kei Miller as ‘a near perfect example of how the short story works—a small world that’s perfectly observed’. Claire-Louise Bennett was named runner-up for the award and received £3000 (A$5010) for her story ‘Morning, Noon & Night’. Also shortlisted were Hilary Mantel, Lavinia Greenlaw and Tahmima Anam. This is the second year that the award has been held. For more information, click here.


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