With just 10 days to go until our 2019 awards ceremony, we thought it was high time we revealed more about the 20 brilliant writers on this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist, all of whom are in the running for the top prize.
Their shortlisted stories will be published in our 12th anthology, which will be launched at the awards ceremony on October 12th.
Here are 10 of the writers, we will introduce the remaining 10 tomorrow.
S. Bhattacharya-Woodward has just completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2018, and longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019. She is an award-winning science and health journalist whose articles have featured internationally. She writes for New Scientist, Nature, and BBC Sky at Night magazine amongst others. She has also contributed to four Dorling Kindersley non-fiction titles and acted as a consultant for television.
Rua Breathnach was born in Dublin, where he grew up and attended school and university. He is the author of two one-act plays, Rondo and Avenida (published in one volume by Editions Bomarzo, Brussels), and of the critically-acclaimed play, Welcome to the Stranger, which premiered at Skibbereen Arts Festival in 2018. He lives in Ghent, Belgium, with his wife and two daughters. The Bridge is his first published story.
Sabah Carrim has authored two novels, Humeirah and Semi-Apes. Both stories are set in Mauritius where she was born. Sabah’s short stories have been selected for publication in writing competitions organised by the Commonwealth Foundation and Goethe Institute South Africa. At the 2019 African Writers Conference in Kenya, Sabah delivered the keynote address on Cultural Stereotypes in African Literature. She will also be attending the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Nigeria for the launch of an anthology containing one of her short stories. Sabah is a Genocide Scholar, a law lecturer, and currently lives in Kuala Lumpur.
Mona Dash is the author of the novel Untamed Heart and two poetry collections, Dawn-Drops and A Certain Way. She has a Masters in Creative Writing (with distinction) from London Metropolitan University. Mona received a ‘Poet of Excellence’ award in the House of Lords in 2016. Her work has been published, anthologised and listed in various competitions. Her short story collection Let Us Look Elsewhere was shortlisted for the SI Leeds literary awards ’18. Her memoir A Roll of the Dice: a story of loss, love and genetics has been published recently by Linen Press. Mona is a Telecoms Engineer and MBA, and works in a global technology organisation. Originally from India, she lives in London.
Jason Deelchand has previously been shortlisted for the Guardian/4thEstate Short Story Prize. He has taught English at secondary schools in Bath, Cornwall, Bristol, and Shanghai. He was born in Epsom to an English mother and a Mauritian father. His heroes are Malcolm X and Roberto Bolaño.
Flic Everett is a food magazine editor (Vegan Living) and freelance journalist. She has written several non-fiction books, and has been a feature writer and columnist for 25 years for UK newspapers and magazines. Her true love is fiction – she self-published a novel in 2012, and is now writing another. Unfortunately, reading other peoples’ novels and Twitter get in the way. She lives in the West Highlands, with her partner Andy, a spaniel and an elderly cat, and likes long walks, cooking, and reading thrillers in the bath. She has one grown-up son, and her ambition is to write fiction for a living and run a pygmy goat sanctuary.
Marie-Gabrielle Gallard was born in France, and has also lived in Germany and Belgium as a child. She moved to the UK to study at Newcastle University and graduated in July 2019 with a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature with Creative Writing. She started writing prose in her native language, French, when she was ten years old, before switching to English at fifteen. Now twenty-one, she wishes to remain in the world of literature, to keep reading and writing, and continue postgraduate studies in the field.
Lucy Grace writes fiction in the UK. In 2018/19 her short fiction and flash has been shortlisted and longlisted in a number of competitions including the Bridport Prize, Fish, and EllipsisZine Awards. She was the winner of the 2018 Writers & Artists Yearbook Short Story Award. In 2019 her debut novel was listed in the Lucy Cavendish Debut Novel Award and she is trying to finish it off as quickly as possible. Her work is published in several print anthologies and online.
Rebecca F. John is the author of one short story collection, Clown’s Shoes, and one novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2015, her short story, The Glove Maker’s Numbers was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. She is the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015, and the British participant of the 2016 Scritture Giovani project. In 2017, she was named on Hay Festival’s ‘The Hay 30’ list. She lives in Swansea with her three dogs.
Mubanga Kalimamukwento is a Zambian author, whose first novel, The Mourning Bird, won the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award (formerly the European Union Award) and was published by Jacana Media. She won the Kalemba Short Story Prize 2019 in Zambia and was shortlisted for the SyncityNG Anthology and Prize in Nigeria. Her stories have been published in Zambia, Nigeria, Canada, USA, France, Singapore, South Africa and Australia. She’s a lawyer by training, a mom of two and an LLM candidate at the University of Minnesota. She’s also a Hubert H. Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellow (2018/2019) and a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow (2017).
The winner of the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced on October 12th, and the 12th BSSP anthology will be published by Tangent Books on the same date.