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2015 Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist Announced

July 22, 2015   Joe Melia

2015 BS8 flyerIt is with great excitement that we announce the 40 stories selected for the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize longlist. We have had a wonderful time reading this year’s entries – 2,420 stories from all over the world which have shown us in a thrilling way the infinite possibilities short stories offer to writers.

We feel so fortunate to have had the chance to read so much fantastic writing and can’t thank enough the writers who had the courage to enter. Recurring themes and subjects this year included family, coming of age, loss, conflict, the digital age, childhood, the workplace and outsiders.

We would like to take the opportunity to stress that this longlist represents hundreds of hours of reading and discussion and debate by a team of extremely committed readers. To have made this longlist represents a major achievement and one that deserves to be celebrated.

Many congratulations to all the writers and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the competition. This year’s shortlist of 20 stories will be announced on this website on Wednesday August 5th at 2pm (BST)

 

2015 Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist (listed A-Z by author)

Melodramas for Depressed Persons – Charles Anderson (Canada)

Birds – Ea Anderson (Scotland)

The Plait – Michael Bird (Romania)

A Tough New Policy at the Food Pantry – Lisa K Buchanan (USA)

Magpie – Gina Challen (England)

The Siege of Boss and White – Graeme Dart (England)

Justice – Florence Delaney (England)

Capturing the Graham Children – Linda Dobbs (England)

Just After We Stopped Talking – Chris Edwards-Pritchard (England)

A Constellation is a Group of Stars – Rachel Finn-Lohmann (USA)

Withdrawal – Samir Guglani (England)

The River of Running Sand – Jane Eaton Hamilton (Canada)

Quiet House – Kerry Hood (England)

Airtight – Mark Illis (England)

Served With Salad – Laura Jeffrey (Scotland)

Rescue Mission – Ciaron Kelly (Australia)

The Double: a Permalink Poem – Katie Lola (England)

Between the Pickles – J.R. McConvey (Canada)

Stafford Street – Riona Judge McCormack (South Africa)

Birthday Bones – Magdalena McGuire (Australia)

The Ice Ages – Paul McMichael (England)

Plateau – Katayoun Medhat (England)

Black Line – Fiona Mitchell (England)

My Dad’s American – Guy Mitchell (England)

The Peat Cutter – Andrew Moffat (Scotland)

LOL – Helen Morris (England)

The Guest House – Candy Neubert (England)

Clem – Pam Plumb (England)

House of Doors – P.K.Read (France)

Hate, Love and Game Theory – Stewart Ritchie (Scotland)

Dance of the Light Deprived Children – Derek Routledge (Wales)

A Misfortunate Accident – Martina Ryan (Ireland)

Marbles – Penny Simpson (Wales)

The Changeling – Emma Staughton (England)

The Matriarch – Deschaney Tate (England)

Flowers – Emma Timpany (England)

God’s Fingers – Josie Turner (England)

A Week on the Water – Brent van Staalduinen (Canada)

Natural Order – Alison Wray (England)

The Zoo – Jeremy Charles Yang (England)

 

Notable Contenders :

Fiery Jamie – Sharon Boyle (Scotland)

Tooth and Claw – Kathryn Burke (Ireland)

The Life of Dogbreath – Krishan Coupland (England)

Dis – Christopher Ewing (England)

Unseen – Marie Gethins (Ireland)

Silver Baby – Jimmy Gleeson (England)

Worries Inna Dance – Benjamin Goode (England)                                                                  2015 BS8 flyer

Night Life – Jodie Molloy (Spain)

Seven Facts About Water – Alex Ruczaj (England)

Our Generations of Reasons – Nannie Sköld (Sweden)

The Re-assignment of Tracey Emin’s Knickers – Wilf Tilley (Japan)

Halloween Night – Wondra Vanian (Wales)

The Grandmaster of Gaza – Tom Vowler (England)

Imbecile – Craig Whyte (Australia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist Announced

 

It is with great excitement that we announce the 40 stories selected for the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize longlist. We have had a wonderful time reading this year’s entries – 2,420 stories from all over the world which have shown us in a thrilling way the infinite possibilities short stories offer to writers.

We feel so fortunate to have had the chance to read so much fantastic writing and can’t thank enough the writers who had the courage to enter. Recurring themes and subjects this year included family, coming of age, loss, conflict, the digital age, childhood, the workplace and outsiders.

We would like to take the opportunity to stress that this longlist represents hundreds of hours of reading and discussion and debate by a team of extremely committed readers. To have made this longlist represents a major achievement and one that deserves to be celebrated.

Many congratulations to all the writers and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the competition. The shortlist will be announced on this website on Wednesday August 5th at 2pm (BST)

 

2015 Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist (listed A-Z by author)

Melodramas for Depressed Persons – Charles Anderson (Canada)

Birds – Ea Anderson (Scotland)

The Plait – Michael Bird (Romania)

A Tough New Policy at the Food Pantry – Lisa K Buchanan (USA)

Magpie – Gina Challen (England)

The Siege of Boss and White – Graeme Dart (England)

Justice – Florence Delaney (England)

Capturing the Graham Children – Linda Dobbs (England)

Just After We Stopped Talking – Chris Edwards-Pritchard (England)

A Constellation is a Group of Stars – Rachel Finn-Lohmann (USA)

Withdrawal – Samir Guglani (England)

The River of Running Sand – Jane Eaton Hamilton (Canada)

Quiet House – Kerry Hood (England)

Airtight – Mark Illis (England)

Served With Salad – Laura Jeffrey (Scotland)

Rescue Mission – Ciaron Kelly (Australia)

The Double: a Permalink Poem – Katie Lola (England)

Between the Pickles – J.R. McConvey (Canada)

Stafford Street – Riona Judge McCormack (South Africa)

Birthday Bones – Magdalena McGuire (Australia)

The Ice Ages – Paul McMichael (England)

Plateau – Katayoun Medhat (England)

Black Line – Fiona Mitchell (England)

My Dad’s American – Guy Mitchell (England)

The Peat Cutter – Andrew Moffat (Scotland)

LOL – Helen Morris (England)

The Guest House – Candy Neubert (England)

Clem – Pam Plumb (England)

House of Doors – P.K.Read (France)

Hate, Love and Game Theory – Stewart Ritchie (Scotland)

Dance of the Light Deprived Children – Derek Routledge (Wales)

A Misfortunate Accident – Martina Ryan (Ireland)

Marbles – Penny Simpson (Wales)

The Changeling – Emma Staughton (England)

The Matriarch – Deschaney Tate (England)

Flowers – Emma Timpany (England)

God’s Fingers – Josie Turner (England)

A Week on the Water – Brent van Staalduinen (Canada)

Natural Order – Alison Wray (England)

The Zoo – Jeremy Charles Yang (England)

 

Notable Contenders :

 

Fiery Jamie – Sharon Boyle (Scotland)

Tooth and Claw – Kathryn Burke (Ireland)

The Life of Dogbreath – Krishan Coupland (England)

Dis – Christopher Ewing (England)

Unseen – Marie Gethins (Ireland)

Silver Baby – Jimmy Gleeson (England)

Worries Inna Dance – Benjamin Goode (England)

Night Life – Jodie Molloy (Spain)

Seven Facts About Water – Alex Ruczaj (England)

Our Generations of Reasons – Nannie Sköld (Sweden)

The Re-assignment of Tracey Emin’s Knickers – Wilf Tilley (Japan)

Halloween Night – Wondra Vanian (Wales)

The Grandmaster of Gaza – Tom Vowler (England)

Imbecile – Craig Whyte (Australia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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