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Bristol Short Story Prize

2021 Bristol Short Story Prize (Expired)

The Bristol Short Story Prize is an international writing competition based in Bristol, UK. 

The 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize, in association with Tangent Books, is open for entries and the closing date for our 14th competition is midnight (BST) May 5th 2021.

20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 14 by Tangent Books. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony in October 2021.

1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 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 will be published in Bristol 24/7 magazine.

The 2021 judging panel is: literary agent, Irene Baldoni; manager of Gloucester Road Books in Bristol, Tom Robinson; and award-winning writer, Mahsuda Snaith.

Entries can be made online or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum word count of 4,000 words, there is no minimum word count. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style or genre. Entry fee is £9.

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