Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Sarah Hall becomes first writer to win BBC short story award for second time

Sarah Hall has become the first writer to win the BBC National Short Story Award for a second time (George Thwaites/BBC)
Sarah Hall has become the first writer to win the BBC National Short Story Award for a second time (George Thwaites/BBC)

Sarah Hall has become the first writer to win the BBC National Short Story Award for a second time.

Hall, who has been nominated four times, won for The Grotesques, a story set against a backdrop of privilege and inequality in a university town.

Judges praised the writer for her “extraordinary”, “layered” and “masterful” writing, and said her second victory in the competition is “recognition of her standing as the country’s foremost writer of short stories”.

Sarah Hall has won the BBC National Short Story Award for a second time (Richard Thwaites/PA)

News of her win was announced live on BBC Front Row on Tuesday.

Hall, who has previously been nominated for the Booker Prize, said: “I’m stunned to have won. No one expects to repeat a shortlisting, let alone be honoured with an award like this twice.

“It’s an incredible privilege and reward. And with this prize comes a tremendous amount of support for the form itself – from tenacious, passionate advocates at the BBC and Cambridge University, to expert judges, and the writers who continue to innovate, experiment and create astonishing, vital, questioning worlds within stories.”

Hall, who won in 2013 with her story Mrs Fox, applauded the diversity of this year’s shortlist and praised the short story as a form.

She said: “There are days when we are lost, when not much makes sense and answers to the vexing human question seem impossible. On those days nothing is as companionable as a short story. That goes for writing them too.”

Hall won ahead of 26-year-old British-Ghanaian writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson, James Tait Black Prize winner Eley Williams, poet and newcomer Jack Houston and EU Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019 winner Jan Carson.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]