John Arnold (right), a journalist from Brisbane in Australia, has won the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize for his story Naked as Eve. The announcement was made at our annual awards ceremony held at the Arnolfini in Bristol. John says of his triumph: “I’m delighted and surprised that my story was chosen as the winning entry. It’s tremendously exciting to be recognised amidst a shortlist of writers that includes accomplished novelists, journalists and poets. This prize is particularly significant: I spent two years in Bristol and am thrilled to be a small part of the artistic life of a creative city with such a long literary tradition.”
Ali Reynolds, chair of the judging panel says: “Naked as Eve stood out as our winning story, it shone with quality and depth. It masterfully layers Aboriginal myths, re-told for the tourists, alongside a much more personal trauma, all delivered with humour and a light touch which belies its devastating ending.”
Ali is pictured(left) 2nd from the left with, from left to right : Richard Jones, one of the founder’s of the Bristol Short Story Prize, Alys Conran, awarded 2nd prize in this year’s competition, Ian Richards, 3rd prize winner and Tania Hershman, special guest speaker at the ceremony whose wonderful speech we will be posting shortly.
John’s winning story plus the other 19 brilliant short stories on this year’s shortlist are available in our latest anthology.
The fantastic cover of our latest anthology was designed by Sami Al-Adawy who graduated from the Illustration degree course at the University of the West of England this summer.