Bristol Prize

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist

July 12, 2017   Joe Melia

2017 flyerWe’re delighted to say that all judging decisions for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize have been made and the time has come for us to announce the 40 exceptional stories that have been selected for our 10th longlist. Our readers have pored over just under 2,000 entries and had the most enthralling reading experience.  A huge thank you to everyone who entered, it has been wonderful to read the stories. We have seen a really broad range of themes and styles this year, and as chair of the judging panel, Tania Hershman, says: “I think this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize longlist is the most diverse we’ve encountered – in terms of style and content, of humour and seriousness, of genres.”

Being selected for the longlist is something to be celebrated. After months of careful and considered reading, and after many agonising decisions these stories really stood out as brilliant pieces of writing.

Congratulations to everyone who has been selected and we wish the writers the best of luck for the rest of the competition. This year’s shortlist will be announced on Wednesday July 26th.


2017 Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist

(listed A-Z by writer’s name)

Ghusl – Dima Alzayat

Jigsaw Wabi Sabi – David Brennan

Road Trips and Fairy Tales – Emily Brewin

A Place Called Out – Clementine Ewokolo Burnley

How to Curate a Life – Rachel Connor

Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Seonaid Cook

Voltage – Paul Duffy

The Prickly Pears – Amber Duivenvoorden

Saving Riona – Tanya Farelly

New Skin – Laurie Frankel

All the Names for Animals – Bryan Fulton

Missing Days – Rebecca Gabay

The End of Eternity – Kay Gillard

The House Not Far from Time – Marlene Hanna

ESO 378 Nebula – Jennifer Harvey

Big Secrets Everybody Knows – Conor Houghton

Born from Red – Stephanie Hutton

They Even Painted Over Dead Flies – Kate L Jefford

Autumn Colours – James Kennedy

Glassblower’s Lung – Louise Kramskoy

Lucky – Laura Long

The Land of the Pretty – Anita MacCallum

Wealth of Nations – Chetna Maroo

Wednesdays – Rebecca Miller

Things – Amanda O’Callaghan

Skyward! – Poppy O’Neill

Things Carried Over – Bunmi Ogunsiji

The Cows Are Out for Spring – Grace Palmer

The Lost Kings of Somerset – Joanna Quinn

When We Were Nothing But Motion – Julie Reverb

Winter Solstice – Margaret Ries

That Moment – Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi

When You Are Hiding from What it Means to Be a Person – Taymour Soomro

Orange – Rachel Stoeter

Private View – Carina Swantee

The World Gravitates Towards the Ditch – Meg Tuite

Television Voices – Caroline Vu

Rollerama – Barbara Weeks

Minor Reports – Charlotte Wuehrer

This is All Mostly True – withdrawn 11/07/2017. Writer’s name withheld so as not to compromise another competition.


Notable Contenders

These stories were in the running for the longlist until the final decisions were made

Swan Song – Abigail Ashley

Ce Soir – Honoria Beirne

Bionic Girl – Mara Blazic

The Other Woman – Emma Franieczek

Romeo – Nada Holland

My Coronation Year – Elin Howe

The Color – B.A. Jones

The Woodcutter’s Wife – Sara Kellow

The Darkness Behind the Walls – Lyndsey Seaborn

The Shape of Things – Richard Snow

The Leopard Priest – Alex Valk




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