Last September, when the UK National Short Story Prize was announced, I greeted it with something less than three cheers. In a lengthy piece I set out my reasons for feeling uncomfortable about it.
Well, now we've got to the shortlist stage. There were 1,400 entries, which the organisers seem to think is a large number. More than expected. But, just to remind you, this was not an 'open' competition. Entries were limited to writers who had previously been published, with self-publishers rigidly excluded.
The Guardian has details (link from booktrade.info.)