Bristol Short Story Prize

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The Bristol Short Story Prize aims to publish great short stories and promote the stories and writers as much as possible. The Bristol Short Story Prize was founded by the editors of the quarterly cultural magazine Bristol Review of Books in 2007.



  • To publish a brilliant short story anthology every year full of fresh and original stories, and to get it available  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  • To discover and promote previously unpublished writers.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 establish Bristol as a short story center.
  • To raise the profile, support and raise funds for Bristol Review of Books magazine.


Nationality eligible: UK and non-UK based



  • Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, May 1st 2018.
  • 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.. )
  • The 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers.
  • There is no geographical restriction on entry
  • All entries must be in English
  • Authors may enter as many stories as they like. There is an entry fee of £8 for each story submitted to the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize. Payment for online entries to the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize should be made via the website  online entry facility. Payment for postal entries to the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize should be made by cheque.
  • Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.

Award: 1st prize-£1000, 2nd prize -£700, 3rd prize -£400. Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.

Prizes will be awarded at the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony on October 13th 2018.

Application: Online submissions to be made on the website portal.

For  postal entry, click on the

‘2018 entry form’ link to download this year’s entry form


Please post your story/stories together with an entry form to:

Bristol Short Story Prize

Unit 5.16


Bath Road




For full details and rules please click here

Deadline: May 1st, 2018


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