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. We use ‘SSL’ secure standard web encryption technology which means that information passed between your computer and our website cannot be accessed or seen by anybody other than us. Even if anybody could access this data it would be corrupted and appear illegible. We 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 and to process the purchase of our book(s). We do not store these credit/debit card details. We use Paypal’s secure payment gateway to process credit/debit card transactions.
We store the contact information ( name, address, email address, daytime phone number and evening phone number) 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. This information is secure and protected. 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, also, collect your contact information (name, address, email address, daytime phone number and evening phone number) if you order one of our anthologies so that we may deliver your order in an efficient manner and so that we may contact you should a problem occur. This information is not stored on this website and goes straight through to Paypal. We do not use it for any other purpose other than fulfilling your order and we do not pass it on to or share it with any third party.
What is a cookie?
We use several standard cookies to allow two things:
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.