2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Shortlist Announced

July 30, 2014
Joe Melia

We are honoured and delighted to announce the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist. The twenty stories listed below are in the running for the £1,000 first prize and will all be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 in October. We are extremely indebted to our brilliant judging panel whose diligence, commitment and extreme care has produced such a wonderful list – we salute and thank Sara Davies, Rowan Lawton, Sanjida O’Connell and Nikesh Shukla.

Chair of the judging panel, Sara Davies, says: “Deciding on a shortlist of twenty from nearly two and a half thousand entries has been no mean feat. Heartfelt thanks should go to the tireless readers who presented the four judges with our long list: forty hugely enjoyable and varied stories taking us across continents and countries, into cities, mountains, prairies and out to space, to the past and the future, into the worlds of the young and the very old. Our shortlist of twenty was reached after a great deal of discussion. When one of us championed a story we felt had been unjustly overlooked, the others listened, and gave it another close reading. We talked about which stories moved us, made us laugh, kept us reading, about what worked well and what didn’t quite come off, and when we’d finished we agreed we’d had the best time ever, talking seriously and enthusiastically about the craft of writing. So we’d like to say a big thank you to all the writers who submitted stories to this year’s prize for giving us that opportunity; and our congratulations go to the twenty who have been shortlisted and who will feature in this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize anthology – it’s been a complete pleasure to find such a wonderful range of excellent stories.”

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition and many congratulations to the 20 writers on this year’s shortlist

2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Shortlist (listed alphabetically by author’s name):

Mid-air – Jennifer Allott (England)

Album Review: Thoughts of Home by We Thought We Were Soldiers – Martyn Bryant (Canada)

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Richard Fifield (USA)

Days – Amaryllis Gacioppo (Australia)

Tata and Mama and Me – Claire Griffiths (England)

The Tower – Sophie Hampton (England)

The Stone, the Storm, the End of Huckleberry Finn – James Hughes (Australia)

The Collector – Sarah Isaac (Scotland)

Mountain Goat – Colter Jackson (USA)

Beached – Danielle McLaughlin (Ireland)

Biscuits for Special Occasions – Keeley Mansfield (Ireland)

The Colour of Mud – Fiona Mitchell (England)

Tethered – Emma Murray (England)

A Peacock, A Pig – Benjamin Myers (England)

Guerilla War – Paddy O’Reilly (Australia)

All is Music – Tanith Perry (England)

Terrorism and Tourism – Chris Pritchard (England)

The Art of Flood Survival – Mahsuda Snaith (England)

Debt – Tom Vowler (England)

Nowhere Land – David Wareham (England)

The winner of the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced at our awards ceremony in October – the 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will also be revealed and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 launched.

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