- To publish a brilliant short story anthology every year, full of fresh and original writing, and to get it stocked in as many bookshops as possible. This includes high street chains, independent shops and online booksellers.
- To inspire and encourage writers and readers.
- To discover and promote previously unpublished writers.
- To provide an opportunity for writers to get published.
- To share our enthusiasm for short stories in as many ways and with as many people as possible.
- To establish ShortStoryVille as a dynamic and exciting annual celebration of short stories.
- To inspire young people to read and write short stories through our schools' projects.
- To establish Bristol as a short story centre.
- To raise the profile, support and raise funds for Bristol Review of Books magazine.
The Bristol Short Story Prize 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 Discovering previously unpublished writers is central to our aims and we are absolutely committed to celebrating the short story genre and making it accessible and available to as wide an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 Bristol Short Story Prize was founded by the editors of the quarterly cultural magazine Bristol Review of Books in 2007 with the aim of publishing great short stories and raising funds for the magazine, enabling it to remain a free publication. The magazine specialises not only in book reviews but also publishes features and comment on a wide range of cultural events, history and arts.
We involve educational establishments in our work, offering students opportunities they might otherwise not receive. The images on this website are supplied by photography students at Filton College in Bristol. Our anthology cover designs are selected from submissions by final year Illustration students at University of the West of England. We, also, offer journalism students at Bath Spa University the opportunity to interview writers for our website.
Bristol Short Story Prize directors are:
Richard Jones, publisher at Tangent Books
Mike Manson, author, publisher at Past & Present Press
Bertel Martin, publisher at City Chameleon
Catherine Mason, publisher at Broadcast Books
Joe Melia, former bookseller and reviewer, who is our main co-ordinator
Publisher John Sansom and writer & librarian Lu Hersey also contribute ideas and administrative help.
Our address is: Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH. We share an office with leading Bristol publisher Tangent Books.
Bristol Short Story Prize Ltd. is a not-for-profit company registered in England and Wales, company number 6625768. Registered address : 86, Shirehampton Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 2DR