Celebrating The All-Female Shortlist For The BBC National Short Story Awards

September 22, 2014 1:33 PM

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Celebrating The All-Female Shortlist For The BBC National Short Story Awards

Considering the fact that women remain woefully underrepresented in the literary world, it came as a pleasant surprise today that this year's prestigious BBC National Short Story Awards shortlist is entirely -- as in 100 percent -- dominated by females. What's more? This is the third time in the last nine years that the list has been all ladies.

Obviously, gender parity is about men and women competing as equals for such honors, so we're not calling for an all-woman list every year. But what is exciting is that this seems to suggest the BBC is essentially gender-blind in its selections, and not bucking to the entrenched trend of favoring ma...

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