Bristol Short Story Prize

Welcome to the Bristol Short Story Prize – an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers.

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. Closing date is midnight (BST) on April 30th, 2020.

  • 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.

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..).

Authors may enter as many stories as they like. There is an entry fee of £9 for each story submitted to the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize. Payment for online entries to the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize should be made via the website online entry facility.

For full details of the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize, visit


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