We are delighted to announce that K J Orr has been awarded the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award for her piece 'Disappearances'. Standing out against immensely talented competition -- including Booker winner Hillary Mantel, poet Lavinia Greenlaw, Tahmima Anam, and runner-up Claire-Louise Bennett -- Orr took home the £15,000 prize at the BBC's Broadcasting House last night.
The Guardian's Sian Cain reports: 'Set in Buenos Aires, ['Disappearances'] delves into the mind of a retired plastic surgeon who begins to frequent a cafe to observe a particular waitress while she works. Orr was inspired to write the story while watching a solitary man in a cafe during a trip to Argentina.'
Read more about this year's award here.
Read 'Disappearances' in K J Orr's debut collection Light Box (2016), published by Daunt Books.