Apply – 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize International Competition

The Bristol Short Story Prize is an international writing competition based in Bristol, UK, which 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Discovering  previously unpublished writers is central to our aims and we are absolutely committed to celebrating the short story genre and making it accessible and available to as wide an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 is an international writing competition founded by the editors of the quarterly cultural magazine Bristol Review of Books in 2007.

Our Aims

  • To publish a brilliant short story anthology every year full of fresh and original stories, and to get it stocked 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  • To discover and promote previously unpublished writers.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 share our enthusiasm for short stories in as many ways and with as many people as possible.
  • To establish Bristol as a short story centre.
  • To raise the profile, support and raise funds for Bristol Review of Books magazine. (BROB magazine is not being published at the moment but we hope to be part of its return to publication at some stage in the future.)


We run an annual design project with the final year Illustration degree students at the University of the West of England here in Bristol. The students submit designs and we get to select one for our anthology cover.

Bristol Short Story Prize directors are:

Please contact us via email in the first instance:

Our address is: Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH. We share an office with leading Bristol publisher Tangent Books.

Phone number is: 0117 9720645 please ask to speak to our Co-ordinator, Joe Melia or to Richard Jones.  Office hours are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

For more Information: Visit the website for 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize International Competition

Originally posted 2022-08-29 19:27:03.