The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Stefanie Seddon with her brilliant story Kãkahu. Second prize was awarded to Tanner McSwain (The Red Sea) with Kate Brown taking third prize with Making Fists.The anthology includes the work of all 20 authors shortlisted for the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize.
The other authors are Vimi Bajaj; Matt Barnard; Becky Carnaffin; Rhoda Greaves; Françoise Harvey; Janey Holmes; Jo Holmwood; Kasia Jaronczyk; Sally Jubb; Amna Khokher; Niamh MacCabe; Melody Miller; Zara Joan Miller; Fiona Mitchell; Martin Nathan; Tom Watson
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.
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: Kakahu by Stefanie Seddon
2nd Prize: Th Red Sea by Tanner McSwain
3rd Prize: Making Fists by Kate Brown
Gauri and the Nightwatchman - Vimi Bajaj
Ring of White Handkerchiefs - Matt Banard
Wet Wool - Becky Carnaffin
Daphne's Angel - Jo Duffy
Dead Dogs - Rhoda Greaves
Never Thought I'd go - Francoise Harvey
The Sticking Place - Janey Holmes
The Smiling Comb - Jo Holmwood
Lemons - Kasia Jaronczyk
Fence - Sally Jubb
Without Wings - Amna Khokher
Six Fields, a Wood, a Stream - Naimh MacCabe
Paint - Melody Miller
Bugs in Amber - Zara Joan Miller
Sea Gift - Fiona Mitchell
Z is for Zoologist - Martin Nathan
Magda - Tom Watson