Centre for New Writing alumna Saba Sams wins BBC national short story award

Saba Sams, a Centre for New Writing Alumna, has scooped the BBC National Short Story Award for a story taken from her debut collection Send Nudes.

The wordsmith has taken home a £15,000 prize for Blue 4 eva which frames ‘complex family dynamics’ in a ‘transportive atmosphere’, according to chair of the judges Elizabeth Day, while Madeleine Feeny in the Guardian described Send Nudes as an ‘exhilarating collection’. 

Sams was quoted as saying: “I’m always thinking about what it looks like to be a young woman: about bodies and power, about friendships and family, about the ways we’re constantly looking to break free.”

In addition to Sams’ win, four additional short-listed writers won BBC National Short Story with Cambridge University prizes worth £600. 

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