M.J. Hyland, Alison MacLeod, Jon McGregor, K.J. Orr and S.W. Wilson.
`We are living through a golden moment in the history of the short story,' wrote The Guardian recently, and the annual BBC National Short Story Award is both a testament to this, and one of the reasons why we are. Now in its sixth year, the Award supports and showcases Britain's best new short fiction and continues to champion the short story as a central literary form.
Themes of desire, envy and disconnection provide recurring motifs for the five shortlisted stories presented here - the extremes that love can endure and what happens when love is not enough. The panel of judges this year included novelist Tessa Hadley, novelist and critic Geoff Dyer, poet and author of Submarine, Joe Dunthorne and BBC Editor of Readings, Di Speirs. The panel was chaired by broadcaster Sue MacGregor who also introduces the selection.