Ingrid Persaud wins 2018 BBC National Short Story Award

Posted on 03/10/2018
By Commonwealth Foundation

2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner Ingrid Persaud has won the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award for ‘Sweet Sop’.

‘Sweet Sop’ was written for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and won both the Regional Prize for the Caribbean and the Overall Prize.

‘Sweet Sop’ can be read here.

'I am humbled to be the recipient of this award and grateful to the Commonwealth Foundation for the fantastic work they do encouraging the universality of storytelling'.
Ingrid Persaud, on winning the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Ingrid won the BBC Award from a shortlist of five women writers, including 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Chair of Judges Sarah Hall.

She wins £15,000, and her win was announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Frontrow at a ceremony in Cambridge.

You can listen to an audio recording of ‘Sweet Sop’ here.

'It is great that in a world where division is being promoted we welcome different voices like this one'.
Ingrid Persaud, at the 2018 BBC Awards ceremony in Cambridge