Bristol Short Story Prize 2019

Deadline: 1 May 2019
Open to: anyone over the age of 16
Award: 20 cash prizes up to GBP 1000


The Bristol Short Story Prize aims to publish great short stories and promote the stories and writers as much as possible. Discovering  previously unpublished writers is central to our aims and we are absolutely committed to celebrating the short story genre and making it accessible and available to as wide an audience as we can.

The Bristol Short Story Prize was founded by the editors of the quarterly cultural magazine Bristol Review of Books in 2007.

Their Aims:

  • To publish a brilliant short story anthology every year full of fresh and original stories, and to get it stocked in as many bookshops as possible. This includes high street chains, independent shops and online booksellers;
  • To inspire and encourage writers;
  • To discover and promote previously unpublished writers;
  • To provide an opportunity for writers to get published;
  • To share our enthusiasm for short stories in as many ways and with as many people as possible;
  • To establish Bristol as a short story centre;
  • To raise the profile, support and raise funds for Bristol Review of Books magazine (BROB magazine is not being published at the moment but we hope to be part of its return to publication at some stage in the future).


  1. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, May 1st 2019;
  2. The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. There is no geographical restriction on entry – the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to everyone, whether they are based in the UK or outside the UK.


Prizes for 2019 are: 1st prize-GBP1000, 2nd prize -GBP500, 3rd prize -GBP250. Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive GBP100. The winning story will also be published in the print edition of Bristol 24/7 magazine in November 2019. An additional prize of GBP100, The Sansom Award, in recognition of the contribution to Bristol publishing of John and Angela Sansom, will be presented to the highest placed story by a Bristol writer.

All entrants must agree to have their work published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12, in both print and ebook formats, should they be the author of one of the 20 stories that are shortlisted for the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Bristol Short Story Prize has first publication rights to publish the 20 shortlisted stories in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12. Tangent Books will publish the 20 shortlisted stories in both print and ebook formats on October 12th 2019.

How to apply?

In order to apply,please click here.

For further information, please visit the official webpage.