The winner of this year’s CWA Short Story Awards was announced at a reception as part of the prestigious Ilkley Literature Festival on October 9th.
Last year’s winner, Robert Barnard, presented the £1500 prize to Peter Lovesey for his story, ‘Needlematch’ in the ‘Best British Mysteries IV’ anthology edited by Maxim Jakubowski and published by Allison & Busby. The judges commented: "Set during the Wimbledon fortnight in 1981, with the Cold War raging, and a Russian tennis player’s mysterious death leading to potentially global consequences. Excellent writing, evocative setting."
The other shortlisted authors were J.A. Konrath for ‘Epitaph’ and James Siegel for ‘Empathy’, both from the ‘Thriller’ anthology edited by James Patterson, Mira UK; and Kevin Wignall for ‘Retrospective’, also from ‘Best British Mysteries IV’ edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Allison & Busby.
The judging panel were reviewers, Ayo Onatade (Chair) and Ali Karim, and novelist and short story writer, Jerry Sykes. "The judges debated this list with great enthusiasm, finding all four stories worthy of high commendation."
Philip Gooden, Chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA is delighted that such a distinguished and long-standing member of the Association has won the short story award for 2007. We’re grateful to Ilkley Literature Festival for hosting the event and to the judges for their work, and congratulate Peter Lovesey on this fresh achievement."
Peter Lovesey read English at Reading University and became a lecturer in English at Thurrock Technical College, Essex, then later head of the General Education Department at Hammersmith College. He wrote his first book, a non-fiction work on Victorian runners, in 1968, then two years later began his mystery writing career with the first of his books to feature the Victorian detective, Sergeant Cribb, which were televised in the early 1980s. In 1991, Mr Lovesey introduced a modern-day detective character, Peter Diamond, in a series set in Bath.
Mr Lovesey has written more than twenty novels – including three under the name Peter Lear – and five short story collections, as well as editing a short story anthology and producing or co-producing four works of non-fiction on the subject of athletics. He has previously won both the CWA Gold Dagger (twice), the Silver Dagger, and in 2000 was awarded the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the genre.
‘Best British Mysteries IV’ – Allison & Busby, £7.99
Edited by Maxim Jakubowski
‘Once again the criminally clever Maxim Jakubowski has collected together a fresh batch of delightfully murderous stories from the nation’s favourite crime writers. Sitting alongside revered stalwarts of the genre, you’ll find tales from some of the most talented up-and-coming writers. And with spine-tingling thrillers, maddeningly mind-bending whodunits and wickedly gritty psychological scorchers to choose from, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
‘But beware, The Best British Mysteries IV will cause many sleepless nights of avid page turning.’