The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony took place at Spike Island’s wonderful art centre in Bristol.
We were delighted that 13 of this year’s shortlisted writers were able to attend to the event and celebrate their writing with lots of readers and fellow writers.
Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, spoke about Bristol Short Story Prize’s importance to the cultural life of the city.
Our other special guest speaker for the evening, the acclaimed writer Patricia Ferguson, spoke brilliantly about short stories, comparing the experience of reading Flannery O’Connor’s story, A Good Man is Hard to Find, to the Oblivion ride at Alton Towers.
Sara Davies, judging panel chair, spoke about judging this year’s competition and announced the runners up and winner of the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize.
This year’s winner, Mahsuda Snaith, accepting first prize.
Syeda Ahmed, a student at the University of the West of England in Bristol, read an extract of Mahsuda’s winning story, The Art Of Flood Survival.
The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7 was launched at the event. The book contains the 20 stories shortlisted for the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize. The cover was designed by recent U.W.E. Illustration degree graduate, Rosanna Tasker (above). Rosanna received her prize for designing this year’s anthology cover.
All photos by Barbara Evripidou