Julian Gough has been announced as the winner of this year’s National Short Story Prize, with David Almond named as runner-up. Julian Gough will receive £15,000 — the largest award in the world for a single short story — for “The Orphan and the Mob.” Almond will see £3,000 for “Slog’s Dad.” The three remaining authors on the shortlist — Jonathan Falla, Jackie Kay and Hanif Kureishi — will each receive £500.
Announcing the winners, Chair of the judges, broadcaster and writer Mark Lawson, said that “from a shortlist which included an impressive range of subjects, settings and styles, the judges were unanimous in awarding the first prize to Julian Gough. The comedy, energy and originality of both plot and voice set him ahead of the other contenders. David Almond was a very strong runner-up for the accuracy of his dialogue and psychology in a story which managed the difficult task of combining reality and fantasy.”
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