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The BBC National Short Story Award, the richest prize for a short story, has opened. Details here. Also, The Strand Magazine are to publish a previously unpublished short story by Mark Twain. Called The Undertaker's Tale it seems it will be anything but maudlin. Strand editor, Mark Gulli, said: “Though the story is called ‘The Undertaker's Tale,’ I would hazard against bracing for something gloomy—Twain uses his razor sharp wit to pen a tongue-in-cheek tale about the funeral industry, which could easily have been written today. After rereading several of Twain’s tales and essays, it became even clearer to me that Twain’s writings can never be dated. He tackles the same problems we're challenged with today, and pokes fun at the same characters that inhabit our present-day world.” And if that isn't enough of a coup The Strand will also be publishing a previously 'lost' P.G. Wodehouse story.

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