Bristol Short Story Prize 2016

Publish Date: Feb 26, 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

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Discovering  previously unpublished writers is central to our aims and we are absolutely committed to celebrating the short story genre and making it accessible and available to as wide an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.


The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, 30th April 2016. There is no geographical restriction on entry.


The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc.). All entries should be in English.

Entry fee

There is an entry fee of £8 for each story submitted to the competition.


• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £700
• 3rd prize: £400
• Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.

Each of the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlisted authors will receive 2 free copies of the paperback version of Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9 and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%.

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