Bristol Short Story Prize is fully committed to protecting your privacy and personal information and takes website security very seriously. All correspondence, whether by email, phone or post, is treated in the strictest confidence and is not shared or passed on to any third party.
We do not store any credit/debit card or other financial information. When processing an entry fee you are transferred to the Paypal website. All payments are made on the Paypal website. Paypal have secure payment processes for credit/debit card transactions and for those with Paypal accounts. Paypal ask for your credit/debit card details (card type, card number, start date, expiry date, last 3 digits on the signature strip, cardholder name and contact details ) to process your entry fee. We do not see these credit/debit card details.
We collect contact information (name, address, email address) when you enter our annual competition so that we can contact you if you are selected for the competition shortlist. We also collect contact information (name, address, email address) when you enter our annual competition so that we can contact you if your uploaded story cannot be accessed, if the submitted file cannot be opened or if the story is over the maximum word count.
We store the contact information (name, address, email address) of those who enter our annual competition securely. We only use this information to contact you about the competition and will not use this information to contact you about anything else. This contact information is held for a maximum of 12 months and then deleted. We do not pass it on or share it with a third party or use it for any purpose other than to contact you about the competition you have entered. If you wish to change the information you have given us after entering the competition then please do not hesitate to contact us.
We send our annual anthologies to literary agents. Occasionally they contact us to obtain the contact details of a writer we have published in one of our anthologies. When this occurs we contact the writer to obtain their permission to pass on their email address. We will never pass on contact details of a writer without the writer’s consent.
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Firstly to enable some of the core functions of the site. Without cookies we could not run the anthology shopping cart nor the online prize entry system.
Secondly to collect information on visitor patterns that help us to understand and run our website more effectively. The information taken is totally anonymous. An example would be to see how often our visitors returns to our site, what pages they visit and how long they remain on each page. We don’t know the personal identities behind the statistics but this type of information helps us to create articles relevant to what we know people find most interesting.