Bath Short Story Award 2017

Publish Date: Nov 08, 2016

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Bath Short Story Award 2017 Is Open

We’re delighted to launch the fifth year of the International Bath Short Story Award today, November 1st 2016 and to welcome our new shortlist judge, Euan Thorneycroft, Senior Literary

Agent at A M Heath

Bill Hamilton

I joined A.M.Heath in 1983 having been brought up amongst many of the agency's writers. I've been proud to continue a great tradition at A.M.Heath spanning the estate of George Orwell to the international phenomenon that Hilary Mantel has become. I love great storytelling, great writing, great history, and almost any mixture of these in both fiction and non-fiction. It’s all about fostering talent for as long as it takes, and embracing a constantly changing marketplace. I’m also privileged to represent many outstanding American writers of fiction and non-fiction across the spectrum, through our alliances in New York.

The contest is open for six months and ends on Monday, May 1st, 2017.

Prizes: £1000 first prize, £200 second prize, £100 third prize £50 local prize, £50 Acorn Award for an unpublished writer.

Entries are welcome from around the globe for any writer aged sixteen years and over. Check our rules page for more information.

Fee per entry £8.

Word limit is 2200 words. (no lower word limit).

Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in our yearly anthology.

Happy Writing and we look forward to receiving your entries.

Anna, Jane and Jude, BSSA team.


  1. Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years is not eligible. Entrants must be 16 years or over.
  2. Maximum length is 2,200 words. Entries should be typed, double or 1.5 spaced, in a plain legible font (Pt 12). Each page should be numbered but carry no personal details about the author. Online entries are sent as email attachments. The file name must be the title of your story. (If your story is untitled, the file name must be the first five words of the story). Postal entries should be on A4, single-sided and paper-clipped together.
  3. Closing date for receipt of entries is Monday, May 1st 2017 at Midnight BST
  4. Entries can be made online or by post (details on the entry page) and are open to everyone (locally/nationally or internationally). There is no limit to the number of entries but there is a fee of £8 for each story submitted. Stories submitted online must be paid for via PayPal on the entry page.
  5. Postal entries are payable by cheque or postal order and should be addressed to Bath Short Story Award, 20 Penn Lea Road, Bath, BA1 3RA, UK. Please ensure that postal entries have the correct postage. We are not liable for any that fail to arrive. Please do not send by Special Delivery, Recorded/Registered Mail – we may not be around to sign for it.
  6. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize. Published online includes publication on your personal blog.
  7. Entries will be read and judged anonymously so do not put your name on the pages of your story. For postal entries contact details should be written on a separate sheet of paper.
  8. Once you have submitted your story and paid for your entry, no refunds can be made.
  9. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received. If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry, please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Online entries are not acknowledged but you will receive a PayPal receipt.
  10. Prizes for 2016 are, as follows: 1st £1000; 2nd £200; 3rd £100, with a local prize of £50, for the best entry from any BA, BS, GL or SN postcode unplaced in the main competition. In addition there is The Acorn Award of £50 for the best entry from an unpublished writer, unplaced in the main competition. For the purposes of the Acorn Award by ‘unpublished’, we mean no fiction of yours has been published in print in any language, online or on an audio file. Self- published blogs count as unpublished. NB : Stories by you, posted on your site, cannot be entered into the competition as this will break our anonymity rule (7.)
  11. The results of the competition will be announced on the Bath Short Story Award (BSSA) website.
  12. No single story may win more than one prize. By entering, competitors accept that prizewinning and shortlisted stories, with the authors’ names, may be published on the BSSA website, in any BSSA anthology, in local media and/or be read out on local radio stations for up to a year from the closing date without extra remuneration.
  13. Simultaneous submission is permitted. Should your fiction win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know so we can remove it from the current award.
  14. By entering, an acceptance of all the BSSA rules and terms and conditions is implied. Entries that fail to comply with rules and terms and conditions will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into and the judges’ decisions are final.
  15. Please contact us if you require any clarification on rules or entry procedures.


Entry can be made here online via PayPal and email, or below by post and cheque. For online entry, pay using the PayPal button. Once you have your PayPal receipt, simply ‘Forward’ that receipt email – ensuring to ‘Attach’ your work – to the following email address:

Payments are securely handled by PayPal. Alternatively, you may prefer to use your Credit/Debit card by selecting the appropriate payment method on the PayPal page. You have 24 weeks, 6 days, 13 hours and 9 minutes left to enter.

Before entering, please ensure to familiarise yourself with all Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies. Entering the Bath Short Story Award is taken as your full agreement.

How to Enter Online: Step by Step

  1. Have your entry file on your computer and ready for submission. Acceptable file types are odt, doc, docx, txt and pdf. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your work does not have a title, then the file name must be the first five words of your piece. Full details are in the Rules.
  2. Click on the PayPal buttons above.
  3. Pay using your PayPal account or using your Credit/Debit card. If you pay by Credit/Debit card, please take care when entering your email address, as this is the address we use to contact you.
  4. Following payment verification, you are returned to this site.
  5. Check your email for your PayPal receipt.
  6. Click on ‘Forward’ to forward the email.
  7. ‘Attach’ your entry file to the email.
  8. ‘Send’ your entry to the following address.

How to Enter by Post

  • Payment: Sterling cheques or postal orders for £8.00 (or multiples of £8.00 for more than one story) payable to Bath Short Story Award are acceptable. We do not accept cheques in other currencies.
  • Contact Details: On a piece of paper separate from your story(ies) list the following: Full name, email address (or postal address and telephone number if you have no email) and post code. These details are required in case you are long or short listed and to see if you are eligible for the local prize. We’d appreciate it, if you could say how you heard about the competition. Thank you.
  • Send: Cheque or postal order, contact details, and your paper-clipped and page-numbered story(ies) to 20 Penn Lea Road, Bath, BA1 3RA, UK. Please do not send by Special Delivery or Recorded/Registered Mail – we may not be around to sign for it.


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