BAME Short Story Prize Winner 2017


We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize 2017 is Lisa Smith for her story, Auld Lang Syne. The announcement was made at a ceremony last night at Second Home in East London.

 Lisa Smith was born in south-east London and studied at The University of Liverpool, before working as a documentary filmmaker. Lisa is studying Creative Writing at Goldsmiths and her favourite writers include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith and Alice Munro.  She lives in Peckham with her husband and daughter.

As winner, Lisa receives £1,000, a one-day workshop with 4th Estate editorial, publicity and marketing teams, and her story published on the Guardian website.

Guardian journalist and judge Sian Cain said the winning story was: “A perfect example of what the short story can do when the form is at its best: containing as much of an emotional blow as that of a 800-page novel, regardless of its brevity.”

 You can hear all the shortlisted stories in The New Voices BAME Short Story Prize audiobook on Audible here:

Jimi Famurewa

Jimi Famurewa

Read Teddybird

Kit Fan

Kit Fan

Read Duty Free

By Kavita A. Jindal, 52

Henry Wong

Read 7-Eleven

By Kavita A. Jindal, 52

Lisa Smith

Read Auld Lang Syne

By Kavita A. Jindal, 52

Avani Shah

Read Greed

The Guardian

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