Bristol Prize

Introducing our 2017 shortlisted writers part 2

October 3, 2017   Joe Melia

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are the other 10 fantastic writers who are in the running for this year’s first prize. We will be announcing our winning writer and story and publishing our brilliant new anthology a week on Saturday:


James Kennedy was born and raised in London and read PPE at Oxford. A ‘portfolio’ career has taken him through stints in banking, consultancy and market research. He came to writing relatively late and is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. James’s writing is inspired by coastal Suffolk which has been his home for the last four years.



Chetna Maroo was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She grew up in England and currently lives in London, where she is working on a collection of short stories.


Amanda O’Callaghan’s short stories and flash fiction have been published and won awards in Australia, UK, and Ireland. A former advertising executive, she has a BA and MA in English from King’s College, London. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Queensland. Amanda recently won the Bath Flash Fiction Award. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she is completing her first collection of stories.


Poppy O’Neill lives in Chichester and runs the Writers’ HQ retreat in Portsmouth. Her stories have been published in Oh Comely, Pithead Chapel, The Ham and The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3 anthology from Mother’s Milk Books. She’s currently working on her first novel and studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Her first book of children’s non-fiction will be published by Summersdale in spring 2018.


Bunmi Ogunsiji received an MA in Screenwriting from University of the Arts London and is a Nigerian-British South London-based writer, mother of a bright, sardonic teenager, blogger, resurrected Performance Poet and writer. Her work has been longlisted and shortlisted in a number of writing competitions including Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition and Bath Flash Fiction Award. A lover of yoga, avocado and most things green she cites amongst her finest achievements: turning 50 with a smile and honouring her feet with a pair of comfortable walking shoes.


Joanna Quinn is a fiction writer with a background in journalism. Her stories have been published by The White Review, New Welsh Review and The Bridport Prize. She was chosen as an emerging writer as part of the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme and shortlisted for the national Arts Foundation Fellowship for Short Stories. Her most recent publications include a story shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize 2015 and a commissioned story for art project Flood House. She has also written about Greenham Common for Comma Press. She lives in Dorset and is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.


Meg Tuite is author of a novel-in-stories, Domestic Apparition, a short story collection, Bound by Blue, and won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry Prize for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging, as well as four chapbooks of short fiction, flash, and poetic prose. She teaches at Santa Fe Community College, is a senior editor at Connotation Press and (b)OINK lit zine, and editor of eight anthologies. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines, over fifteen anthologies, and nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize, five-time Glimmer Train finalist, and Gertrude Stein Award finalist.


Caroline Vu was born in Vietnam and left her native country at the age of 11. She moved to Canada after spending two years in the US. Caroline’s first novel, Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing) won the Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Book Award in 2016. That novel was also a finalist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Concordia University First Book Prize. Her second novel, That Summer in Provincetown (Guernica Editions) has been translated into French by Les Editions de la Pleine Lune. Caroline currently works as a family physician in a community health clinic in Montreal.


Barbara Weeks is a writer, teacher and former journalist. She has an MA in Creative Writing and was runner–up in both the Jerwood Historical Short Story competition and Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition. Her work has been selected for various competition longlists and shortlists, including BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines. She has taught Creative Writing in community education and is currently an ESOL tutor working with refugees. Barbara has two adult sons and lives in West Wales with her dog, Fi.


Charlotte Wührer is a Berlin-based writer and translator from Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. She trained as a primary school teacher before going on to study for a MA in English Studies at the Free University, Berlin. In 2016, she was shortlisted for The Reader Berlin’s Summer Short Fiction Competition, and longlisted for Mslexia’s Children’s Novel Competition. Charlotte is published in Issue 15 of SAND Literary Journal, in FU Review and Berlin Unspoken. She can be found online at Potluck Mag and Leopardskin and Limes, and she writes for Berlin’s Daddy Mag.


The winner of the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced at this year’s awards ceremony on October 14th. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the forthcoming Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10, which will be launched at the awards ceremony and is available to pre-order from our publisher, Tangent Books, now.


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