The Bristol Short Story Prize – an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers.  The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The closing date is midnight on May 1st 2019.

The 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Dizz Tate (left) for her story, Cowboy Boot. 2nd prize went to Chloe Wilson and a joint 3rd prize was awarded to Helen Rye and Zeus Sumra, (above with guest speaker, Sharmaine Lovegrove, and judging panel chair, Kate Johnson).

Worth of Award

  • 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250.
  • 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers.
  • All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology.
  • Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.


The writing competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based.

How to Apply

  • Apply online via their website, click the link below
  • The closing date for entries to our 2019 writing competition is midnight (BST) May 1st 2019. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum.
  • Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post.
  • There is an £9 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished.

Deadline: applications close midnight (BST) May 1, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply

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