Our 2015 Awards Ceremony took place in the most appropriate setting imaginable – the wonderful Reading Room in Bristol’s Central Library.
It was great to welcome 11 of this year’s shortlisted writers to the event and celebrate their writing.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Courttia Newland, one of the U.K.’s leading short story writers. He spoke inspiringly about what short stories can do and what draws writers and readers to them.
Our 2015 judging panel chair, Sara Davies, spoke about this year’s competition. She thanked the readers and her fellow judges, Nikesh Shukla, Rowan Lawton and Sanjida O’Connell, for their astute and careful reading. She stressed that after judging the prize for the last 2 years it is clear to her that short story writers are writing about ‘now’, far more than in any other form. There was great symmetry to Sara’s announcement of the winner; as Brent van Staalduinen was applauded for winning the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize in a library in Bristol, he was working in Hamilton Public Library in Canada!
The top 3 prizewinners, Brent van Staalduinen, fellow Canadian J.R. McConvey, and Magdalena McGuire of Australia, were unable to attend the event but writers, judges and speakers saluted their fine achievements.