Following on from yesterday’s post here are the 10 brilliant writers who complete this year’s shortlist, all in the running for the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize. The winning writer and story will be announced at our annual awards ceremony in Bristol on October 8th.
Sally Jubb lives in North Yorkshire. Since receiving The Andrea Badenoch Award (Northern Writers’ Awards) in 2015, her stories and short fiction have been shortlisted and placed in several competitions, including HISSAC, InkTears, and Chipping Norton and Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story competitions. Her work has recently appeared in Brittle Star.
Amna Khokher was born in South Wales, where she now lives. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Mslexia and The Asian Writer, and have been shortlisted for competitions such as the Fish Short Story Prize. She has performed her work at the South Asian Literature Festival in London and the Nottingham Festival of Words. In 2013 she co-founded Bristol Novel Nights. She has recently completed her first novel.
Born in Dublin, Niamh MacCabe grew up in Paris, in north-west Ireland, and in Washington DC, graduating there from the Corcoran School of Art. She worked in the Animated Film industry, returning to Ireland to raise her children. She began writing in 2014 and has featured in numerous prize shortlists as well as winning this year’s Molly Keane Creative Writing Award. Niamh has, also, been published in Aesthetica Anthology, The Incubator Journal, and Bare Fiction. She lives in North Leitrim with her children.
Tanner McSwain is a fiction writer and owner of Uncharted Books, a used bookstore in Chicago with a focus on contemporary literature and local, independent, and activist presses. Tanner was a staff writer for We Who Are About to Die, and his fiction has appeared in several publications, including Euphony, In Shades, and Pedestal. He won the University of North Carolina’s George B. Wynne Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for Glimmer Train’s 2016 Very Short Story contest.
Melody Miller worked at The Independent after graduating from Royal Holloway University of London with a degree in English and Creative Writing, going on to do a Masters in Philosophy. Living in central London, she now writes freelance and runs a popular travel blog, a tongue-in-cheek look at the hapless, hopeless traveller. She also runs the One Minute Stories website: a concept designed to encourage people to read and contribute 60 stories that have meaning to them. She is currently writing a novel.
Zara Joan Miller is a Brighton-born, London-based writer and Contributing Editor of Boat Magazine – a nomadic publication that travels to a different, complicated city for each issue. Earlier this year, Zara started a fiction-writing group that meets regularly to discuss stories and share feedback. One of the themes recently pulled out of the hat (an old mug) was “Death”. Zara took this cheery notion as a starting point for her shortlisted story, Bugs In Amber.
Fiona Mitchell is a fiction and features writer represented by literary agent, Rowan Lawton. Last year, Fiona won the Frome Festival Short Story Competition judged by award-winning author Samantha Harvey. Fiona’s work has appeared in various anthologies and online including the previous two Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies. She is working on two novels.
Martin Nathan has worked as a design engineer on the Jubilee Line Extension, Terminal 5 and Cross-Rail, and other large Projects. His work is immersed in South London, and the madness, violence and desperation encountered there. Following recent years studying philosophy his work focused on the horror of the everyday. He has had stories published in a number of publications, and performed at public events. He has just completed a novel.
Stefanie Seddon grew up on a farm in New Zealand and moved to the UK after completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Otago. Stefanie is studying the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and is working on a novel inspired by the high country landscapes of her native New Zealand. Stefanie’s short stories have appeared in The Mechanics’ Institute Review and on Granta.com and she won the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Europe and Canada.
Tom Watson was born and raised in London. His short fiction has appeared in Southword and various anthologies, and in 2012 he was runner-up in the Sean O’Faolain Short Story Competition. He has studied creative writing at CCWC under Maggie Hammond and Christie Watson, and has recently finished his first novel, El Chivato. Tom has lived in Japan and Central America, but these days he calls Brixton home.
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 will be launched at the awards ceremony and is available to pre-order now from publisher, Tangent Books, now.