It is an enormous pleasure to announce the 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist. These 20 stories and writers remain in the running for this year’s top prize.
Massive thanks to our judges, Tom Drake-Lee, Irenosen Okojie and Jessica Taylor, for their care and attentiveness in selecting the shortlist. These are wonderful stories and will make a fantastic anthology. Huge thanks, again, to our readers whose commitment is so vital to BSSP.
Congratulations to the writers; this is a great achievement. And thank you for giving us the opportunity to publish your work.
The winner of this year’s BSSP will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 15th when our 15th anthology featuring the 20 shortlisted stories will be published. The winner of the Sansom Award for Bristol writers will also be announced. Best of luck to all the writers and a massive thank you to everyone who entered this year.
2022 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlist, A-Z by writer’s name:
Cat Got Your Tongue – Leah Carter
Happy Ever After with Bear – Rosie Garland
Ghosts of the Wind River Valley – Paddy Gillies
Sunshine Beach – Lizzie Golds
Welcome to Otherhood – Yanjanani Kalaya
We are now Approaching Wellingborough – Helen Kennedy
Lightning Girl – Elen Lewis
Naanwai – Ananya Mahapatra
Girls and Boys – David Micklem
Becoming – Kate O’Grady
Once – Jyoti Patel
A Cure for All Our Ills – Diana Powell
Wimmy Road Boyz – Sufiyaan Salam
Still Life With Lemon – Rachel Sloan
OldFish – Johanna Spiers
Coconut – Kailash Srinivasan
Elision – Henry Stennett
Vivian Days – Dennis Tafoya
The Things We Did and Didn’t Do – Nora Thurkle
The Walking King – Ellen Wiese