It is with great pleasure that we announce the shortlist for the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize. The 20 stories on the shortlist will all be published in the 9th Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology and are in the running for the £1,000 first prize.
We’d like to pay tribute to our wonderful panel of judges who were so meticulous and committed in their reading and discussions. We have been so lucky to work with Niven Govinden, Tania Hershman, Simon Key and Juliet Pickering, and we thank them profusely for selecting 20 stories that enable us to publish an extraordinary short story anthology.
Chair of the judging panel writer, Tania Hershman, says: “The stories we shortlisted are the ones with voices that speak to you from the opening line, demanding you read on, and whose authors aren’t afraid to take risks, to get messy in order to best tell you what their characters need you to know in the way only they can tell it.”
The winner of the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced at our awards ceremony on the 8th of October. The 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will also be revealed at the event and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9 will be launched.
Congratulations to all the writers, and best of luck to them for the winning announcements in October.
And finally, an enormous thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition – your stories, craft and courage have inspired us all.
2016 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist (listed A-Z by author)
Gauri and the Nightwatchman -Vimi Bajaj
Ring of White Handkerchiefs – Matt Barnard
Making Fists – Kate Brown
Wet Wool – Becky Carnaffin
Daphne’s Angel – Jo Duffy
Dead Dogs – Rhoda Greaves
Never Thought He’d Go – Françoise Harvey
The Sticking Place – Janey Holmes
The Smiling Comb – Jo Holmwood
Lemons – Katarzyna Jaronczyk
Fence – Sally Jubb
Without Wings – Amna Khokher
Six Fields, a Wood, a Stream – Niamh MacCabe
The Red Sea – Tanner McSwain
Paint – Melody Miller
Bugs in Amber – Zara Joan Miller
Sea Gift – Fiona Mitchell
Z is for Zoologist – Martin Nathan
Kākahu - Stefanie Seddon
Magda – Tom Watson