New award for short story authors

A new literary award for short story authors has been launched in East Sussex.

The Charleston and Chichester award for a lifetime’s excellence in short fiction recognises long-standing creativity in writing.

The winner will be revealed next week at the ten-year anniversary of the Small Wonder short story festival in Charleston, East Sussex.

The event, which starts at 11am on Sunday September 29, is in partnership with the University of Chichester’s English and Creative Writing department, which is renowned for its focus on short fiction.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Dr Sarah Gilroy said: “The University is the academic home to a community of nationally and internationally-recognised short story writers, novelists, poets, dramatists and scholars.

“With a proud record in the publication of short stories we are delighted to build upon our longstanding partnership with the Charleston Trust and the Small Wonder Festival by creating this literary award celebrating the vibrant discipline of short story writing.”

The winner of the award, who will be selected by a panel of experts, will receive a specially-commissioned work of art.

Charleston House, in East Sussex, was the country meeting place for the painters, writers and thinkers collectively known as the Bloomsbury Group.

Diana Reich, artistic director and award administrator, said: “This is a landmark year for Small Wonder.

“Over the past decade the festival has become a centre of excellence for the short story and is synonymous with the revival of interest in the genre.

“There is no better way to celebrate this milestone than by launching a new literary award, together with the University of Chichester, honouring an outstanding record in the publication of remarkable short stories.”

To find out more visit www.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum

Alternatively go to www.charleston.org.uk/smallwonder