Bristol Prize

2011 Bristol Short Story Prize Launched

October 6, 2010   Joe Melia

The 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open and this year’s writing competition introduces some exciting new developments.

The prize money has doubled for 2011 – the winning writer will receive £1,000 and all 20 writers whose stories are published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 4 will receive at least £100. The winning story will, also, be published in Bristol Review of Books and Venue magazine. And short story fans can look forward to ShortStoryVille– a day-long festival celebrating short stories, to be held next July. The 2011 BSSP awards ceremony will be the final event of the festival.

The 2011 judging panel is Maia Bristol (former UK Sales Manager at Faber & Faber), award-wining short story writer Tania Hershman (highly commended in the 2009 Orange Prize for her collection ‘The White Road and other stories’)  author, illustrator and cartoonist Joe Berger and writer and publisher Helen Hart. Chair of the judging panel, writer, performer and publisher Bertel Martin, says: “I’m really looking forward to judging this year’s competition. BSSP attracts really strong, diverse and exciting submissions from all over the world.”

Valerie O’Riordan (left), winner of the 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize says : “I was amazed and honoured to win the 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize.  It’s been fantastically encouraging to me, as a writer, to get recognition like that – and through winning the prize, I’ve gotten to meet and speak to a host of really inspirational people – the judges and the other contestants. It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Stories can be entered online or by post. Please read the 2011 BSSP rules and competition details before entering.

Entrants to the 2011 competition can purchase any of our previous anthologies at 30% discount.

Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies volume 2 and volume 3 are, also, available in ebook format. Our latest anthology, volume 3 (right), can be purchased as a Kindle ebook from for £3.63.

Volume 2 (left) can be purchased from for £3.61 and in a variety of ebook formats from US ebook website Smashwords at about 4 US dollars.

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