Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Scotsman / Orange Short Story Award 2005

A Scottish woman was announced as the winner of the Scotsman / Orange Short Story award for 2005 in a ceremony at Sandeman House in Edinburgh last night. The winner, Kirsten Zhang, received prize money of £7,500 after beating 1,300 other entries in the competition. It is the UK's biggest short story competition, with the second prize worth £1,000 and four runners-up prizes worth £500 each. Ms Zhang has also won a travel writing competition for BBC Radio 4, and the Orange award is her second honour in just three years' of writing. At the awards ceremony last night the organisers also launched a book of the competition featuring the best 13 short stories entered. Speaking about the event, John McGurk, editor of The Scotsman, said: "One of the reasons short story writing flourishes in Scotland is because of competitions and anthologies like this". He continued: "We're delighted to be working with Orange to ensure that this continues."