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Science-fiction writer Chris Beckett pictured shortly after being announced as the winner of Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2009 at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. The prize is awarded annually by Edge Hill University for excellence in a published single author short story collection and Mr Beckett received a cheque for £5,000 and a specially-commissioned painting by artist Pete Clarke for winning..He also won the additional Readers' Choice award of £1,000, given by the Liverpool-based charity Get Into Reading at the event.