We are delighted to announce that Mahsuda Snaith has won the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize. She captivated the judges with her short story, The Art of Flood Survival, to win the £1,000 first prize.
Sara Davies, chair of the judging panel, says of the winning story: “Mahsuda’s story about a young Bangladeshi servant girl is tender and tough, and impressed us all with its sureness of touch. The voice of its young narrator, with its mix of hope and cynicism, longing and pragmatism, is both believable and compelling, and her determination to turn the world to her advantage against all odds is beautifully and boldly explored with some lovely touches of sharp humour.”
Claire Griffiths a graduate of UEA Creative Writing MA won 2nd prize for her story, Tata and Mama and Me, and Tom Vowler, author of 2 novels and a prize winning short story collection, won 3rd Prize with Debt.
Mahsuda says of her triumph: ” I’m a bit stunned by it. I’m over the moon about winning especially because I’ve read the Bristol Short Story anthologies before,(they are) always such good quality.It’s amazing, I was just happy to be in the anthology. Winning is a massive bonus.”
The top three prizewinning stories were announced and the prizes presented at an Awards Ceremony on Saturday October 25th hosted by the Spike Island arts centre in Bristol. Acclaimed writer, Patricia Ferguson, and Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, presented the prizes. The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 – featuring the winning story plus the 19 other shortlisted stories – was also launched on Saturday.
The 20 shortlisted stories, including the top 3 prizewinners, are now available in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 which you can buy from this website here. It is also available online from Tangent Books (our new publisher), Waterstones, Book Depository, and Amazon and some bookshops. If your favourite bookshop doesn’t have it in stock then they will be able to order it for you.