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Reclaiming the story

Prospect is launching a major new annual award designed to honour Britain's finest short story writers and to re-establish the importance of the story as a central literary form. The National Short Story prize will be the largest award in the world for a single story

A couple of years ago, Prospect began publishing short stories in every issue (click here for the Prospect fiction archive). It was hardly a revolutionary move. It may in fact have been a conservative one. It was, in one sense, a harking back to the principles of the Enlightenment and Victorian periodicals which originally gave rise both to the essay and to the literary short story—two of the foundational forms of modern prose. Prospect was launched a decade ago as a magazine of the essay; it represented no great leap for us to become a magazine of the story too.

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