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Carys Davies discusses Take It by Namwali Serpell

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Andrew Holgate discusses Simon by Daniel O'Malley

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Romesh Gunesekera discusses Teamwork by Shawn Vestal

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Behind the Sentences with… Louise Kennedy

"If I could develop a superpower it would be to get my inner critic to feck off between the hours of 8am and 2pm"

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Behind the Sentences with... Niamh Campbell

"As for bad habits, I have known for a long time that my usage of semicolons is out of control; I just don’t know how to stop"

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Behind the Sentences with... Daniel J O’Malley

"I’m always working on several things at once, so when a story gets finished, there’s always another one waiting. That’s the trick with getting stuck as well – just work on something else for a while"

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Behind the Sentences with… Namwali Serpell

"I’m too nomadic, or “movious” as we say in Zambia, to limit myself to a particular desk in a specific nook with a certain slant of light"

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Behind the Sentences with... with this year’s judge David Nicholls

Our judge David Nicholls on what makes him return to the page, his writing failures and words of encouragement

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Behind the Sentences with… Shawn Vestal

"I work most often on the couch in my living room, feet up on the coffee table, laptop on my lap, coffee close at hand"

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Behind the Sentences with... with this year’s judge Diana Evans

Our judge Diana Evans on what makes her return to the page, her writing failures and words of encouragement

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