With just 11 days to go until this year’s awards ceremony it is a great pleasure to introduce the 20 wonderful writers in the running for this year’s first prize.
Here are 10 of the shortlisted writers (listed A-Z by writer’s name) – we’ll introduce the remaining 10 tomorrow.
Vimi Bajaj is a writer living in Chicago, USA. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she is presently at work on a novel set in modern-day India. She is also a physician and lives with her husband and three children.
Matt Barnard is a winner of the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize and his poetry has been published widely in magazines. In 2015, he won the InkTears short story contest with The Last Damn Peach. In 2016 a collection of his poetry was shortlisted in the Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition and he was commissioned to respond to one of Shakespeare’s sonnets as part of Live Canon’s Project 154. He was born in 1972 in London, where he still lives with his wife and their two sons and two dogs.
Kate Brown is a writer and film-maker living in Berlin. She has made films in the UK and the Netherlands which have been shown worldwide, including a recent commission for BBC Newsnight. Her first novel, The Women of Versailles, will be published by Seren Books in May 2017. Her short fiction has been shortlisted and published widely, with a story in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3. She teaches novel writing for The Reader Berlin and is a mentor for the Womentoring Project. Kate is working on her second novel, When I Grow Tall, set in eighteenth century London, and is looking for a publisher for her short story collection, Small Deaths.
Becky Carnaffin is an Edinburgh writer who writes in English and Scots. As well as writing short stories, she is currently working on her first novel. When not writing, she works in mental health advocacy, works with Edinburgh’s Lung Ha Theatre Company , and plays and teaches the fiddle.
Jo Duffy graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 with a first in BA English Literature with Creative Writing. She now lives in Hackney, East London, and has worked many, many temp jobs since graduating (copywriter, junior account manager, receptionist, freelancer, researcher, waitress and marketing coordinator) while focusing on trying to write things. She came runner up in the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection prize in 2015, and her debut poetry pamphlet, Other Troubled Creatures, was published by Bare Fiction Press earlier this year. She is currently working on a short story collection.
Rhoda Greaves is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University where she is currently completing a Creative Writing PhD. She is also an Associate Editor at Short Fiction magazine. Her short stories have been commended or shortlisted in several prizes including the Bridport Short Story Prize, Manchester Fiction Prize, Frome Short Story Competition and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, and her work has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies including Litro, Short Fiction, The View from Here, and this year’s NFFD anthology, A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. You can follow her on Twitter @rhodagreaves.
Françoise Harvey’s writing has appeared in publications including Loss Lit, Bare Fiction, Synaesthesia Magazine and Litro, and anthologies including Eyewear Publishing’s The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She is also one of the founders of short story collective, Literary Salmon. Françoise grew up on the Isle of Man and lived for several years in North Wales, studying, and then London, working in legal publishing. In 2015 she moved to the North East where she works at Mslexia. Alongside writing stories, poems and music, she is chipping away at the first draft of a novel.
Janey Holmes is a 24-year-old writer from Bristol. The Sticking Place (shortlisted for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize) will be her first publication. She is currently assembling her first collection of short stories, a selection of revisionist fairy tales and writing a debut novel. A ‘closet writer’ until now, gleaning beauty out of the English language came from correcting her Bristolian parents, who were good at mutilating it on a daily basis. She graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BA in English Literature. She thanks her mother and fiancé for their unwavering belief and for being there when she woke up.
Jo Holmwood grew up in Devon and has lived in Ireland since 1997. Her work has been shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize and the Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition. In 2013 she published a book of short stories entitled Under the one roof as an outcome of a six-month writer-in-residence project at the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. She also writes plays for stage and radio and has directed and produced her own work for audiences in Leitrim, Galway and Dublin.
Kasia Jaronczyk came to Canada from Poland in 1992 in her teens. She has an MSc in Microbiology and a B.A. in English from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She has published short stories in The Prairie Journal, Carousel Magazine, The Nashwaak Review and Postscripts to Darkness. Her work won first place in the Eden Mills Contest in 2010; second place in the GritLit Hamilton festival in 2015; and was longlisted for the CBC Radio Short Story contest in 2010. She co-edited an anthology of Polish-Canadian short stories that will be published by Guernica Editions in 2017.
The winner of the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced at this year’s awards ceremony on October 8th. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the forthcoming Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9, which is launched at the awards ceremony and is available to pre-order from our publisher, Tangent Books, now.