D W Wilson wins BBC National Short Story Award 2011

Sep 26, 2011

D W Wilson has won the BBC National Short Story Award for his story The Dead Roads.

At 26, D W Wilson is the youngest ever recipient of the £15,000 prize which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. The shortlisted authors included stories by M J Hyland, K J Orr, Alison McLeod and Jon McGregor who came runner-up for his story Wires.

Wilson’s story The Dead Roads is about sexual jealousy on a road trip as three friends – a girl and two boys - travel through Canada. The story is taken from D W Wilson's first collection of short stories, Once You Break a Knuckle, which is published by Hamish Hamilton in Canada this month.

Broadcaster and Chair of the judges Sue MacGregor said: "The judges were unanimous in their choice of David Wilson's story as the winner: a beautifully crafted and involving tale set in the Canadian Rockies" (The Bookseller). Each of the shortlisted stories were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between the 12th and 15th of September. The award, which is now in its sixth year and managed in partnership with Booktrust, recognises the best in contemporary short story writing and is one of the most prestigious of its kind.