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"The Edge of the Shoal" shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Competition

A man kayaks out to sea to scatter his father's ashes and is hit by lightning in this short story drawn from the novel Cove, published in The New Yorker in December 2016.

Selected from over 600 entries, this year’s shortlisted stories are:

  • "Murmur" by Will Eaves

  • "The Waken" by Jenni Fagan

  • "The Edge of the Shoal" by Cynan Jones

  • "The Collector" by Benjamin Markovits

  • "If a book is locked there’s probably a good reason for that, don’t you think?" by Helen Oyeyemi

The winner will be announced on October 3rd.

For more information, visit the BBC website.

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