Enter the Bristol Short Story Prize

Bristol hot air balloons cr Judy DarleyGot a story shuffling about inside your head? The Bristol Short Story Prize 2022 is open for entries. The closing date is 4th May 2022. Submissions can be up to a maximum length of 4,000 words.

The writing competition prizes

First prize is £1,000. Second prize is £500, and third prize is £250.

An additional prize of £100, The Sansom Award, in recognition of the contribution to Bristol publishing of John and Angela Sansom, will be presented to a Bristol writer selected by Angela Sansom. The Sansom Award winning story will also be published in the print edition of Bristol 24/7 magazine.

Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100. The 20 shortlisted stories will be included in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15published by Tangent Books.

Entry costs £9 for each submission, but there are 250 free online entries available to those for whom the entry fee is a barrier to submitting to the 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize. Those wishing to enter using the free entry option may do so via the online entry facility.

The 2022 BSSP Judging Panel comprise Tom Drake-Lee, Irenosen Okojie and Jessica Taylor.

The 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Isidora Cortes-Monroy for her story, Cake for the Disappeared. Amanda Ong won second prize and Sarah Tinsley was awarded third prize.

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Florida-based writer Stephen Narain.

The 2019  Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Sydney-based writer Cameron Stewart for his story Black Snow.

The 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Dizz Tate  for her story, Cowboy Boot. 2nd prize went to Chloe Wilson. You can read an interview with Dizz about her win, here. Chloe Wilson has been signed by literary agent Kate Johnson of the New York-based MacKenzie Wolf Literary Agency.

Find the full competition rules here.

For full details or to enter, go to www.bristolprize.co.uk.

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