A Northern Ireland writer is among six shortlisted authors for the Costa short story award – for the second year in a row.
What makes Sheila Llewelyn's feat even more remarkable is that the identities of the more than 1,400 authors are kept secret from the judges.
"I was amazed to be shortlisted last year and even more amazed this year. It's a real boost to my confidence," said Ms Llewellyn.
"I can celebrate the achievement of being shortlisted twice. Anything else will be a bonus."
The Enniskillen author has been shortlisted for The Papakh Hat, set during the 1978-9 Revolution in Iran.