Kandace Siobhan Walker's 'singular, haunting tale' wins BAME short story prize
Deep Heart beat almost 200 others to win the £1,000 award set up by the Guardian and 4th Estate in 2015
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Kandace Siobhan Walker has won the 2019 Guardian 4th Estate short story prize with Deep Heart, a poignant exploration of kinship and community.
The story follows three sisters running wild in the isolated island community where they live with their grandparents. When one of the girls disappears, her sisters search for her in the forest. Moving elegantly between problematic depictions of authority, cruelty and loss, Walker scooped the award from an all-female shortlist, which was whittled down from nearly 200 entries.