Following on from yesterday’s post, we’re delighted to introduce the other 10 superb writers shortlisted for this year’s top prize.
These stories will be published in our 12th anthology, which will be launched at our awards ceremony on October 12th. The winning writer and story will also be announced at the event which will take place in the Reading Room at Bristol Central Library.
Sonal Kohli grew up in Delhi and now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She was a recipient of the Bianca Pancoat Patton Fellowship at Sangam House. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Monkeybicycle, The Caravan, Unthology 7, and was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2014. Sonal is completing her book of interconnected stories that follows three generations of a post-partition immigrant family in Delhi, its servants, tutors, cousins and lovers, their loneliness, aspirations and small-scale industrial ambitions.
Rose McDonagh was born in Edinburgh. Her writing has been published in a number of places including New Writing Scotland, Gutter, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Guardian online, Brittle Star, The Nottingham Review and Reflex Fiction. She won the Bath Flash Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the London Magazine Short Story Competition and the Dinesh Allirajah Prize. She has been a Mslexia guest blog author. She is a counsellor and currently works in community health.
Foday Mannah hails from Sierra Leone where he studied English Language and Literature; he then worked as a teacher and lecturer before migrating to the United Kingdom. He lives in Scotland where he is employed as a high school teacher of English. He holds an Msc in International Conflict and Cooperation from the University of Stirling and an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University. Foday’s writing seeks to represent the experiences of some of the truly remarkable people he has encountered in life. Further inspiration and ideas are provided by his other half Cynthia, and his daughters Tanaka and Mandipa.
Nicholas Petty is a British writer. His story It is Summer at Camp Pomodoro was longlisted in the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award and the 2018/19 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. His work has also been published elsewhere in print and online. He is currently working on a novel. Nicholas grew up in Macclesfield, studied Chemical Engineering at university, and after a stint as a management consultant in London, moved to Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he walks dogs and writes.
Cherise Saywell is a novelist and short-story writer. She was born and brought up in Australia and has lived in Scotland since 1996. She has published two novels, Desert Fish and Twitcher. Cherise’s stories have won the Pin Drop Short Story Award, the Mslexia Short Story Prize and the V.S. Pritchett Prize. They have appeared in Mslexia, The London Magazine and New Writing Scotland, as well in several anthologies. Her story Pieces of Mars Have Fallen to Earth was selected for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines programme in 2015. She lives in Edinburgh with her family.
Cameron Stewart lives in Sydney, Australia. He grew up on farm near Mullumbimby, by way of Alice Springs, Canberra and Cairns. Diversity of place informs much of his writing, as does an interest in flawed characters trying to do their best. Cameron has short fiction in Subtropics, The London Magazine and the 2019 UTS Writers’ Anthology – Infinite Threads. A graduate of Western Sydney University (BA Performing Arts), Cameron is currently studying an MA in Creative Writing, at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is also currently working on his first collection of short stories.
Carina Swantee has studied Art, Photography and Creative Writing in London. Carina grew up in Sweden and moved abroad in her twenties. She is a Faber Academy Alumna and a member of Chrysalis Writing Group in Richmond. In 2015, she was published in Fusion, the anthology of The Complete Creative Writing Course, and she was longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2017. She speaks five languages and lives in Zurich with her husband, their three kids and their flat-coated retriever. She is currently editing her first novel, The Silver Barn.
Sophie Tiefenbacher was born in a small town in Austria and now lives in Cambridge where she works as a writer and editor. Bilingual in German and English, she completed a degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna before winning a scholarship to read Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.
Liz Tresidder is a young writer based in the South West. Whilst studying film at university, she found herself drawn to the portrayal of women’s relationships with the domestic and natural spaces, a theme which now frequently appears in her writing. Her shortlisted story, from the forest, is her first piece of published work.
Sean Watkin is a Creative Writing graduate from Liverpool John Moores and is studying for a Masters in Writing. Sean is working hard on his first novel whilst studying and working full time as a Communications Officer. He has edited and published two e-zines, and has hosted writing events for the LGBT+ community. When taking breaks from writing his novel, he writes short stories and articles, having published the series Dating Sean for Seen Magazine Liverpool, Am I a Survivor Yet? and A Journey to Orlando for The Gay UK, and PTSD and How it Affects You for The Content Wolf.
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.