The Brighton Prize exists to find inventive new writing


We were founded in 2014 by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive short story evening.

Our roots mean we love stories that work on the stage as well as they do on the page.

If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it.

If you can write a story like that, keep reading. We’d love to have your entry.


The 2017 Brighton Prize

 We’re open for entries until 30th June.

We have two categories. short stories between 1000 and 2000 words, and flash fiction under 350 words.

The prize is judged by publisher Candida Lacey (Myriad Editions) and authors Sally O’Reilly (Dark Aemillia) and Erinna Mettler (Starlings).


The short story prizes

 Winning story: £1000

Two runners up: £100 each


The flash fiction prizes

Winning flash fiction: £100

Two flash fiction runners up: £50 each


The Sussex Prize

 Awarded to the best entry (in either category) from a writer based in Sussex.

£100 book token.


Every winning and shortlisted story will be offered publication in the 2018 Brighton Prize anthology.


Enter the Brighton Prize here


Read about the winners of the 2016 Brighton Prize here


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