Angela Readman’s story ‘The Keeper of the Jackalopes’ was awarded winner of the Costa Short Story Award, with Kit De Waal’s ‘The Old Man and the Suit’ and Tony Bagley’s ‘The Forgiveness Thing’ as runners up.
When speaking of her win Angela told The Short Review:
“I’ve been quietly writing for years… I was starting to think my stories just weren’t good enough. And then I won the Costa Short Story Award. It’s amazing to me, suddenly people are reading something I wrote. That’s all I’ve wanted. I really hope writers will find it encouraging, I didn’t have to be a big name to win it, all I had to do was write a story.”
Not only is Angela’s win encouraging but her acceptance also incredibly humble. We are certain that now she will be a ‘big name’ and we wish her every luck with her first collection of stories ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ which will be published by & Other Stories next year.
Congratulations to Angela, Kit and Tony and everyone shortlisted for the award!
All stories can be found here.