The Bristol Short Story Prize continues to inspire brilliantly original writing. The sixth volume is another coruscating collection of inventive, masterful storytelling. The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual, international writing competition based in the city of Bristol, U.K. The BSSP publishes 20 stories every year and presents cash prizes to the 20 writers published. The winners are announced at an annual awards ceremony.
1st Prize: The House on St John's Avenue by Paul McMichael
2nd Prize: The Breakdown by Deepa Anappara
3rd Prize: Why I Waited by Anne Corlett
England Doesn't Want You - Michael Bird
Wind and Water - Joanna Campbell
The Standing Still - Ric Carter
Med City - Ruth Corkill
Men of the Waste - Krishan Coupland
Stop Press - Martin Cromie
Transit of Venues - Allan Drew
Pink Lemonade - Uschi Gatward
Pool Boy - Jane Healey
Young Fairbrook - Aaron Hubbard
The Montclair Redoubt - Jack Hughes
Sophie Stops the Clock - Alison Love
What Me and Pa Saw in the Meadow - Erinna Mettler
Poison Hands - Amanda Oosthuizen
When You Check in to 3 West - Rachel Peters
Ferried Back - Bethany Proud
Icarus - Nick Rawlinson
Writers published in previous Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies have gone on to further publication and success: Emily Bullock was discovered by literary agent Ed Wilson in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 4. She subsequently signed a publishing deal with Myriad Books. Her debut novel was published in April 2015.
Danielle McLaughlin’s debut collection of short stories was published earlier this year. Danielle was published in volume 5 & 7 Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies. Clare King’s 2nd novel was recently published by Bloomsbury. Clare featured in volume 3 of the Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies.
Marli Roode’s debut novel Call it Dog, published in 2013, was shortlisted for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize – Marli has had stories published in Volume 2 and Volume 3 Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies.
Tim Weaver has had 4 novels published. His short story The Close was published in the first Bristol Short Story Prize anthology in 2008.
Tara Conklin’s 2010 shortlisted story, Signs of Our Redemption, published in BSSP Anthology Vol 3 was the basis for her bestselling debut novel, The House Girl, published by William Morrow in the US.