May 1st 2019.





The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize – Online 

The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. An annual anthology of the winning stories is published alongside cash prizes presented for each winner.

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  • 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. 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.
  • The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. It is open to everyone, whether they are based in the UK or outside the UK.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Until the closing date.

The award ceremony is on 12 October 2019.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, May 1st 2019.
  • The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words (does not include title), 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 must be submitted in English.
  • Online entries should be submitted usually in Word document, pdf or equivalent. There are no specific formatting requirements: font type, font size, line spacing etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate.
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition on or before October 12th 2019.
  • All entrants must agree to have their work published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12, in both print and ebook formats, should they be the author of one of the 20 stories that are shortlisted for the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize.
  • Any entrant wishing to withdraw a story from the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize before the closing date and time of midnight (BST) May 1st, 2019 will receive a full refund.

Opportunity Cost


Prizes for 2019 are:

  • 1st prize: £1000.
  • 2nd prize: £500
  • 3rd prize: £250.
  • Each of the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.
  • The winning story will also be published in the print edition of Bristol 24/7 magazine in November 2019.
  • An additional prize of £100, The Sansom Award, in recognition of the contribution to Bristol publishing of John and Angela Sansom, will be presented to the highest placed story by a Bristol writer.
  • Each of the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize shortlisted authors will receive 2 free copies of the paperback version of Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12 and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%.
  • All prizes will be awarded at the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony on October 12th 2019 and will be sent to any of the writers who are unable to attend the awards ceremony on October 12th 2019.

How to Apply

  •  You can apply online through the following link 
  • There is an entry fee of £9 for each story submitted to the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize, Entrants will be transferred to the Paypal website after they have submitted their story/stories to the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize to pay the entry fee.
  •  You can apply by post by downloading and filling the following form and send it with your submission to:

                   Bristol Short Story Prize, Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road Bristol BS4 3EH.

  • Each postal submission must be accompanied by a signed entry form confirming an entrant has read the rules of the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize and accepts the rules of the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize.
  • Payment for postal entries to the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize should be made by cheque. Cheque payments must be in pounds sterling and cheques should be made payable to ‘Bristol Short Story Prize Ltd.

For any inquiries or questions about the competition, please contact the Bristol Award at:

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