2011 Bristol Short Story Prize winner announced

An Open University PhD student has been revealed as the winner of this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize. Emily Bullock, was declared the overall winner at the Bristol Short Story Prize’s inaugural short story festival, ShortStoryVille in Bristol yesterday, for her short story, My Girl. 2nd prize went to Laura Windley for her story The Kitchen at the Lion, with 3rd spot being taken by Laura Lewis with the story, Reading Turkish Coffee. Emily’s story will now take pride of place at the helm of the Bristol Short Story Anthology 4, when is published in the next couple of weeks, along with the other seventeen runners-up.

Founded in 2007, the Bristol Short Story Prize aims to provide an annual platform for emerging short story writers. In 2011 they received in excess of 2,000 entries for consideration for this year’s prize, and the published anthology is the end product of the process, containing the 20 stories judged to be the best of the entries in a given year. The judging panel this year is headed by the co-editor of Bristol Review of Books magazine, Bertel Martin, who along with renowned authors, Joe Berger, Helen Hart and Tania Hershman, and publishing ace, Maia Bristol, always bring to light some of the finest unpublished short stories out there. As I’ve said in my review of the Bristol Short Story Prize #3, this panel has exquisite taste, and so I’m expecting this anthology, not to mention Emily’s winning story, something pretty special.

My warmest congratulations to Emily, the two Laura’s, and to Claire Shorrock, a 2011 graduate of the Illustration degree course at the University of the West of England in Bristol, whose artwork was chosen as the winning design for this year’s anthology cover.

For further details of this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize, and to read an interview with the winning author, head on over to the Bristol Short Story Prize website. You can also follow The Bristol Short Story Prize on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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