Bristol Short Story Prize 2012

The 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open.




Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post.

Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 3,000 words.

The entry fee if £7 per story.




1st    £1000           plus £150 Waterstone’s gift voucher

2nd  £700            plus £100 Waterstone’s gift voucher

3rd   £400             plus £50 Waterstone’s gift voucher



17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the short list. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 5. The winning story will also be published in Bristol Review of Books and Venue magazine.


The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an award ceremony in Bristol in July 2012 when the winner will be announced and the anthology launched. The awards ceremony will be the final event of the 2012 ShortStoryVille festival.



Judging panel:

Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former editor at Random House)

Bidisha (writer, critic, broadcaster)

Anna Britten ( writer, Venue magazine journalist)

Chris Wakling (acclaimed novelist, creative writing tutor)






To enter and for full details please visit


Check out last year’s BSSP4 at: http://






1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Philippa
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 16:27:23

    And recently tweeted by the lovely people at Bristol, this gem on the short story:


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