20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 by Tangent Books. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol in October 2020.
1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.
The Sansom Award, in recognition of the contribution to Bristol publishing of John and Angela Sansom at Redcliffe Press, will be presented to the highest placed story by a Bristol writer. The Sansom Award winner will receive £100 and their story published in Bristol 24/7 magazine.
The judging panel (right) for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize will be chaired by writer and creative writing lecturer, Billy Kahora. Billy is joined on the panel by award-winning publisher, Sharmaine Lovegrove, award-winning writer, Anneliese Mackintosh, and manager of Foyles bookshop in Bristol, Tom Robinson.
The closing date for entries to our 2020 writing competition is midnight (BST) April 30th 2020. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post. There is an £9 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished.
For full details and rules for the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize, visit www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules
The latest Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology is available from Tangent Books, bookshops and online. It features the 20 stories shortlisted in our 2019 writing competition, including Cameron Stewart’s winning story, Black Snow.