2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

2016 flyer frontThere is one month to go until the entry deadline for the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize. The closing date for submitting entries to the international short story competition is midnight (BST) April 30th 2016.

20 stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9. The winning writer will receive £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, and 3rd prize is £400. The other 17 shortlisted writers will each receive £100. Prizes will be sent to any shortlisted writers who are unable to attend the awards ceremony in October.

The judging panel will be chaired by celebrated writer and short story champion, Tania Hershman. Tania is joined on the panel by acclaimed writer, Niven Govinden; Simon Key, owner of the award-winning Big Green Bookshop in London; and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.

Tania says “I love all sorts of stories, ones that are similar to the kinds of things I like to write and ones that are vastly different. I love being taken to other worlds, other planets, other times, inside other people’s heads, or just down the high street, but in a way I’ve never seen before… Trust yourself to tell your story the way you want to, not the way you think judges of a competition may be looking for.”                                                                                                                                                                    anthologies 8The winner of last year’s Bristol Short Story Prize, Canadian writer Brent van Staalduinen, says that his triumph has given him “an incredible sense of gratitude and awe that my little story had somehow managed to shine bright enough to get noticed over 2400+ other entries….It also provides an opportunity to present a more accomplished face to the world—i.e. adding “Winner of The Bristol Short Story Prize” to websites, Twitter, Facebook, and every biography I send out with journal, publisher, and contest submissions. This will help this writer get noticed, which is becoming more and more difficult to do in the mad stampede of our ultra-connected world.”

For full details of this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize and how to enter please visit www.bristolprize.co.uk

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2015 Bristol Short Story Prize

With five weeks to go until our entry deadline we’d like to take the opportunity (thank you, mighty ShortStops) to say that the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries, and we really, really do mean open.

We’ve published a huge range of stories in our first 7 anthologies – stories set throughout history from ancient Greece to the present day, and beyond to imagined futures. There have been stories narrated by octogenarians, by children not yet a decade old, and others with narrators and protagonists at all stages of life in between. Stories written in the first, second and third persons, with the broadest sweep of styles and genres from the familiar to the obscure : historical, romance, literary, science fiction, harsh realism, surreal flights of fancy, tense thrillers, comic capers, ‘experimental’ tales, sparsely written hammer blows of what some might call flash fiction, and lots more. There have been high, mid and low brow stories; stories written as blog posts, album reviews, in verse, as diaries, as a series of emails, as well as a sumptuous crop of the more traditional; stories of 4,000 words and those with just a few hundred, one of which won first prize in 2010.

We invite you to show us what’s possible in a short story, what a short story can be, what a story can do and what ‘short story’ means to you. Drop our jaws, make us weep, make us rethink, tickle us, entertain us, confound us, provoke us, comfort us, stimulate us, storify us to another time or place but above all we want to encourage and inspire you to feel free to write what you want in whatever form you want.

We won’t be compiling lists of ‘shoulds’ & ‘shouldn’ts’ on how or what to write – another contribution to the vast muddle won’t help anyone, there’s more than enough out there. You’re the writer, it’s up to you what you do, it’s your story. We’ll read every submission with the same objectivity, respect and relish.

In short, then, there are no dos & don’ts, shoulds & shouldn’ts, rights & wrongs – no borders, no barriers, nothing is out of bounds.

Full details and rules are available at www.bristolprize.co.uk

Closing date for entries is 30th April 2015

Prizes:
1st £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card (usable online)
2nd £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8.

Our amazing judging panel:
Sara Davies (writer, former BBC Radio 4 producer) Rowan Lawton (literary agent at Furniss Lawton), Sanjida O’Connell (writer and TV presenter) and Nikesh Shukla (author, performer and journalist)

If you do take the plunge then the very best of luck!

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