One of my favourite writing competitions (and not just because it’s local), Bristol Short Story Prize 2019 is open for entries. Flick through any of their anthologies and you’ll discover a wonderful breadth of themes, topics and styles.
The closing date for entries is May 1st 2019. Submissions can be up to a maximum length of 4,000 words. There is an entry fee of £9 for each submission.
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. Kate is part of the judging panel for the 2019 competition, along with editor Lucy Cowie, writer Polly Ho-Yen, and writer Billy Kahora.
The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Stefanie Seddon for her story, Kãka.
The 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Canadian writer Brent van Staalduinen for his story A Week on the Water.
The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Mahsuda Snaith for her story The Art of Flood Survival.
Find the full competition rules here.
The writing competition prizes
First prize is £1,000. Second prize is £500, and third prize is £250.
Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted finalists will receive £100. The winning story will be published in the print edition of Bristol 24/7 magazine in November 2019, as well as in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12. An additional prize of £100, The Sansom Award, in recognition of the contribution to Bristol publishing of John and Angela Sansom, may be presented to the highest placed story by a Bristol writer.
For full details or to enter, go to www.bristolprize.co.uk.
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