It is a great pleasure to introduce the 20 writers and stories who have been selected for the 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist.
The stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 14 by Tangent Books in October. The anthology will be officially launched at this year’s awards ceremony when we will also announce the winner of this year’s competition.
Huge thanks to this year’s judging panel: Irene Baldoni, Mahsuda Snaith and Tom Robinson, whose meticulous and committed discussions have produced such a wonderful list and given us the opportunity to publish what will be a superb collection of short stories.
Many, many congratulations to the writers on creating stories that resounded so strongly with our readers and judges. We feel very fortunate to be publishing and celebrating your captivating work.
2021 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist: (listed A-Z by writers’ names)
Gayathiri Dhevi Appathurai – Donut, Paper Napkins and Hope
Isidora Cortes-Monroy – Cake for the Disappeared
Nina Cullinane – Miss A Up the Hill
Kevin Donnellan – The Hermit
Louise Finnigan – Speck
D Frankel – Sink Rate
Gonzalo C Garcia – Unlikely Goals Worth Pursuing
Susanna Gould – A Mouthful of Nymphs
S.P. Hannaway – Love, Hunger
Frances Hurd – Jackie and Pad
Kate Lockwood Jefford – Because we are Weak
Vijay Khurana – Follower
Blaine Newton – Life in a Bottle
Amanda Ong – Sifters
Ajay Patri – A Need for Shelter
Annie Syed – This Is How You Lie
Sarah Tinsley – I Don’t Know What I’ve Lost
Danielle Vrublevskis – The Carnivore Club
Anna Whyatt – On Drowning
David Winstone – The Parasol
The winner of the 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 9th. This year’s BSSP anthology will also be officially launched at the event and the winner of The Sansom Award for Bristol writers will be announced.