The sixth annual Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony took place on the fifth floor of the Arnolfini just over a week ago; a suitably stunning location with a panoramic view of the centre of Bristol.
The awards ceremony always provides a great opportunity for the shortlisted writers to meet each other and share in each others’ success. Front row from left to right: shortlisted writers Deepa Anappara, Joanna Campbell, Erinna Mettler, Jane Healey, Jack Hughes and Bethany Proud take their seats for the formal part of the event.
The awards ceremony, also, enables us to introduce 20 fantastic stories and 20 really talented writers to lots of readers.
Our special guest speaker for the evening was Vanessa Gebbie, the brilliant writer, scholar and much sought-after creative writing tutor.
Editor and literary consultant,Ali Reynolds, chair of the judging panel, talked about the judging process and announced the runners-up and the winning story. Deepa Anappara was awarded 2nd prize for her story The Breakdown and Anne Corlett’s story, Why I Waited, won 3rd prize.
Paul McMichael was awarded 1st prize for his story, The House on St. John’s Avenue. We will be posting an interview with Paul next week.
Actor, Jason Bailey, read an excerpt from the winning story.
16 of the 20 shortlisted writers came to the event, making it a great occasion.
The 20 fantastic stories on the 2013 shortlist are now available in our Volume 6 anthology. The cover was designed by Emily Nash, a recent graduate from the Illustration degree course at University of the West of England.
(Photos by Barbara Evripidou)