The Sunday Times Peters Fraser and Dunlop shadow panel – consisting of Charlie Place, Eric Anderson, Simon Savidge, Kim Forrester and myself – met last Saturday to choose our winner. The discussion was lively, interesting and thoughtful and eventually we arrived at our winner: Jessie Greengrass’ short story collection An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It.
As a panel, we felt this collection contained some stunning stories, worthy of winning standalone competitions. Collectively we loved ‘Winter, 2058’ and between us every single story had something of merit which we admired or just really enjoyed. We were also pleased to champion a short story collection; short stories seem to be a neglected form in terms of readership in the UK, which always seems to me to be an odd thing considering they fit perfectly into our busy lifestyles. Maybe this is the collection to tempt more people to engage with the form.
Huge congratulations to Jessie. There will be an interview with her on this very blog tomorrow, so please pop back then to discover more about the collection and this promising young writer.
The official winner of The Sunday Times Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award will be announced on Thursday 8th December.