2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is Open

The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers, whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based.

20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol Central Library on October 14th 2017.

1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers.

The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post. There is an £8.00 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished.

All styles, genres, and notions of what constitutes a short story are most welcome. Please show us what is possible in a short story!

The fantastic judging panel will be chaired by writer, Tania Hershman. Tania will be joined on the panel by the writer, Roshi Fernando, Simon Key, owner of the award-winning Big Green Bookshop, and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.

For full details and rules on the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize please click here.

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The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Stefanie Seddon for her story, Kãkahu. Tanner McSwain from Chicago won 2nd prize for his story, The Red Sea, and 3rd prize went to Berlin-based Kate Brown. The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9, featuring the 3 winning stories plus the 17 other shortlisted stories is available to order here.

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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

Berko Writers’ Summer School

Berko Writers’ Summer School, in association with The Berko Speakeasy and Waterstone’s, will include a two-hour masterclass with award-wining short story writer Adam Marek.

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Adam – author of the collections Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower – comes to Berkhamsted on July 29th to show students how to deliver the maximum punch with the minimum word count.

Also on the programme is a radio drama masterclass with Julie Mayhew, a screenwriting workout with Lucy Scher, a writing advice session with Literary Agent Juliet Pickering and a guide to how to market yourself as an author with publishing insider Jamie Fewery. Students can choose to attend just one class, or book in for the whole programme at a discounted rate.

To find out more about the workshops and tutors, and to reserve your place go to the Berko Writers’ booking site.