The Bristol Short Story Prize UK 2020 is an annual International Writing Competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. They publish an annual anthology of the winning stories as well as presenting cash prizes. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 by Tangent BooksThe winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol in October 2020.

The Bristol Short Story Prize is an international writing competition based in Bristol, UK, which aims to publish great short stories and promote the stories and writers as much as possible.  Discovering previously unpublished writers is central to our aims and we are absolutely committed to celebrating the short story genre and making it accessible and available to as wide an audience as we can.

The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize has been won by Australian writer Cameron Stewart for his story, Black Snow. 2nd prize went to Cherise Saywell and 3rd prize was awarded to S. Bhattacharya-Woodward. The inaugural Sansom Award for Bristol writers was won by Ali Bacon.

HOST COUNTRY:

  • United Kingdom

PRIZES:

  • 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, the 3rd prize is £250.
  • 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers.
  • All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.
  • The Sansom Award, in recognition of the contribution to Bristol publishing of John and Angela Sansom at Redcliffe Press, will be presented to the highest placed story by a Bristol writer.
  • The Sansom Award winner will receive £100 and their story published in Bristol 24/7 magazine.

2020 RULES FOR BRISTOL SHORT STORY PRIZE:

Please read the rules for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize carefully before entering:

  1. The closing date for receipt of entries is April 30th, 2020 at midnight BST (‘midnight’ meaning the very last second of April 30th, 2020).
  2. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, April 30th, 2020.
  3. The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s, etc..).
  4. The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. There is no geographical restriction on entry – the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to everyone, whether they are based in the UK or outside the UK. Entries can be made online or by post.  All entries must be in English. Online entries should be submitted via the online entry facility, usually in Word document, pdf or equivalent. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements: font type, font size, line spacing, etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate – we do not specify any particular format for submissions. Please send postal entry/entries to Bristol Short Story Prize, Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road Bristol BS4 3EH
  5. Authors may enter as many stories as they like. There is an entry fee of £9 for each story submitted to the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize. Payment for online entries to the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize should be made via the website’s online entry facility. Entrants will be transferred to the Paypal website after they have submitted their story/stories to the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize to pay the entry fee. Payment for postal entries to the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize should be made by cheque. Cheque payments must be in pounds sterling and cheques should be made payable to ‘Bristol Short Story Prize Ltd.’. Each postal submission must be accompanied by a signed entry form confirming an entrant has read the rules of the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize and accepts the rules of the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize.
  6. Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.
  7. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition on or before October 10th, 2020. Any entry found to have been plagiarized will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please let us know as soon as possible if a story is to be published elsewhere, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or has won a prize in another writing competition on or before October 10th, 2020.
  8. Entries will be read and judged anonymously; entrants’ names and contact details should only appear on the entry form and not anywhere on their stories/manuscripts. The stories/manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.
  9. If entrants require acknowledgment of receipt of a postal entry they must enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Online entries will be acknowledged by email. If an entrant does not receive an email acknowledgment for an online entry they are very welcome to contact Bristol Short Story Prize to confirm their entry has been received. Contact via email in the first instance is preferable: enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk
  10. Entries will be read by a panel of publishers, booksellers, reviewers, and writers. They will select a longlist of 40 stories for the judging panel. The judging panel will select the 20 stories to be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 and the top 3 prize-winning stories for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges or readers will not comment on individual stories or give feedback on individual stories
  11. The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize judging panel is Billy Kahora (writer, creative writing lecturer), Sharmaine Lovegrove (award-winning publisher), Anneliese Mackintosh (award-winning writer) and Tom Robinson (manager of Foyles Bookshop, Bristol).
  12. All entrants must agree to have their work published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13, in both print and ebook formats, should they be the author of one of the 20 stories that are shortlisted for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Bristol Short Story Prize has first publication rights to publish the 20 shortlisted stories in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13. Tangent Books will publish the 20 shortlisted stories in both print and ebook formats on October 10th, 2020. Each of the shortlisted stories must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition on or before October 10th, 2020. Please email Bristol Short Story Prize on enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk if clarification of this is needed.
  13. Once notified that they have been selected for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist and will be published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 (paperback and ebook), all shortlisted writers must confirm and verify that their shortlisted story has not been published in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition on or before October 10th, 2020.  All shortlisted writers must, also, confirm and verify that their shortlisted story will not be published or is not due to be published in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or due to be broadcast or due to win a prize in another writing competition on or before October 10th, 2020.
  14. Each of the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlisted authors will receive 2 free copies of the paperback version of Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%. All 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlisted writers will be able to purchase any number of copies of any volume of Bristol Short Story Prize Anthologies at a discount of 50%
  15. Prizes for 2020 are 1st prize-£1000, 2nd prize -£500, 3rd prize -£250. Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100. 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 the highest placed story by a Bristol writer. If no story by a Bristol writer is selected for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize longlist, Bristol Short Story Prize reserve the right not to present the Sansom Award. In the event of two or more stories by Bristol writers being selected for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize longlist, Angela Sansom will select the winner of The Sansom AwardThe Sansom Award-winning story will also be published in the print edition of Bristol 24/7 magazine in November 2020.
  16. All prizes will be awarded at the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony on October 10th, 2020 and will be sent to any of the writers who are unable to attend the October 10th, 2020 awards ceremony. Prizes, including free copies of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 as well as cash prizes, are not dependent on winners attending the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony. Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for the shortlist. The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize longlist and shortlist will be announced on the Bristol Short Story Prize website. The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize longlist of 40 stories will be posted on the Bristol Short Story Prize website on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 2 pm (BST) and the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist of 20 stories will be posted on the Bristol Short Story Prize website on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 2 pm (BST). The top 3 prize winners of the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize will be displayed on the website within one week after the awards ceremony.
  17. Any entrant wishing to withdraw a story from the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize before the closing date and time of midnight (BST) April 30th, 2020  will receive a full refund. Please contact us by email. We will not be able to refund any withdrawn stories after the closing date and time of midnight (BST) April 30th, 2020.

Entry implies acceptance of all the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. There is no geographical restriction on entry – the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to everyone.

HOW TO APPLY FOR BRISTOL SHORT STORY PRIZE 2020?

Entries can be made online or by post.  All entries must be in English. Online entries should be submitted via the online entry facility, usually in Word document, pdf or equivalent. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements: font type, font size, line spacing, etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate – we do not specify any particular format for submissions.

Please send postal entry/entries to Bristol Short Story Prize, Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road Bristol BS4 3EH

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

    • The last date to apply for the International Writing Competition 2019 is April 30th, 2020.

 

Apply here.

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