BAME short story prize shortlist ranges across modern life

The six finalists for the Guardian/Fourth Estate award offer compelling pictures of the contemporary world

From the Yangtze river to Ladbroke Grove, the six stories shortlisted for the Guardian and Fourth Estate BAME short story prize offer a whistlestop tour of the contemporary world, taking in environmental disaster and the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Three hundred stories were submitted for the prize for work by black and minority ethnic writers, which is now in its third year. Former shortlistees include Guy Gunaratne, whose debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City was last week longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

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