Bristol Short Story Prize 2016

Welcome to the Bristol Short Story Prize Рan annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. We publish an annual anthology of the winning stories as well as presenting cash prizes.

BSSP Vol 9


This year’s awards ceremony is taking place on October 8th at the Central Library in Bristol. The top 3 winners will be announced and the 9th Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology published launched. Our new anthology is available to pre-order from our publisher, Tangent Books.


The 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Canadian writer, Brent van Staalduinen (below) for his brilliant story A Vol 8 frontWeek on the Water. 2nd prize went to J.R.McConvey, also from Canada, for Between the Pickles. Australian Brent & anthology writer, Magdalena McGuire won 3rd prize for her story Birthday Bones.

We have interviewed Brent about his win and his writing, here.

The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8, featuring the 3 winning stories plus the 17 other shortlisted stories is available to order from us, here.



Emily Bullock has secured an agent and publishing deal after being discovered in our volume 4 anthology. Read more here.

You can follow us on Twitter for very regular updates on the competition and links to the exciting and dynamic world of short stories, writing, reading and publishing.