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Submissions for the 2019 BBC National Short Story Award (NSSA) with Cambridge University, the 2019 BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University and the 2019 Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University are now open.  

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story. The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is a proud partner with the charity First Story, since 2018. Previous alumni include Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, Jon McGregor and William Trevor. These awards highlight the BBC’s commitment to the short story form and to bringing it to a wider audience.  

The 2019 awards will see broadcasters Nikki Bedi and Katie Thistleton chairing the BBC Short Story panel. Panelists will include Booker shortlistee Daisy Johnson; award-winning children’s authors Patrice Lawrence and Kiran Milwood-Hargrave; previous BBC NSSA winner Cynan Jones and writer and beatboxer Testament. 

The announcement of the winners of the BBC National Short Story Award and BBC Young Writers’ Award will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony in BBC Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 1st October 2019.

This collaboration with the BBC and First Story contributes to the University’s and our Vice-Chancellor’s commitment of opening up Cambridge to all, to nurturing talent in new ways, while drawing on the unique teaching and academic environment that the University famously provides. We were delighted with the numbers of writers who decided to take part last year and the success of First Story’s Young Writer’s Festival on our Sidgwick Site campus – as well as our own Short Story Festival at Madingley Hall – proved that the form is not only alive and well but thriving.

James Gazzard, Director of Institute of Continuing Education