This Telegraph article says:
The National Short Story Prize, a new award worth £15,000 to the winner, was unveiled yesterday to inspire novelists to try the shorter form. Its backers hope that it will become as important to literature as the Booker and Whitbread prizes.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? I really enjoy writing short stories, and this definitely looked like a good idea. I think there are still thousands of people writing short stories, it’s just that there’s hardly anywhere ‘traditional’ to publish them any more.
Then came the following:
[…]Alex Linklater, one of the new prize’s organisers, said: “The novel is a capacious old whore: everyone has a go at her, but she rarely emits so much as a groan for their efforts.
“The short story, on the other hand, is a nimble goddess: she selects her suitors fastidiously and sings like a dove when they succeed.
“The British literary bordello is heaving with flabby novels. It’s time to give back some love to the story.”
You know what? I think I’ll pass on this one. Thanks all the same.
Ok, maybe I’ll still enter, but does anybody actually respond to that sort of nonsense?