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.
The 2018 Brighton Prize winning, shortlisted and highly commended stories
Winning short story: Microburst, Natalie Southworth
Runner-up: The Ant is Me, That’s the Story, Benjamin Kling
Runner-up: Andy’s Bankside Display Case, Tess O’Hara
Winning flash fiction: An Empty Pool, Tara Cartland
Runner-up: Courting, Tanya Shadrick
Runner-up: Spin, Daniel Allen
Sussex prize: Spotting the Leopard, Lucy Cage
Shortlisted short stories:
The Stairwell, Mia Vigar
Joss n Jules Forever, Rob McInroy
Shooting Kenosi, Rob Nisbet
Colourless Sound, Hannah Kelly
Blue Line, Linda McVeigh
Silly Season, Nayyar Mughal
A Long History of a Short Coat, Bridget Whelan
Shortlisted flash fiction:
Father’s Favourite, Hannah Butcher
GSOH, Lucy Cage
Blood, Peter Coley
Patio, Lyndsey Smith
Landlord, Deborah Turnbull
Three Strands is All It Takes, Jude Higgins
Visitors’ Book, Laura Darling
Chrysanthemums, Honoria Beirne
Seven Minutes, Johanna Robinson
Heimaey, Jonathan Ruppin
London Rain, Michael Callaghan
Out of Context, Eve Smith
Our judges this year are booker-longlisted novelist Alison MacLeod, literary agent at The Bent Agency Sarah Manning, and our own novelist and Brighton Prize director, Erinna Mettler.
Winning short story: £1000. 2 runners-up: £100 each.
Winning flash fiction: £500. 2 runners-up: £50 each.
Best story or flash fiction from a Sussex-based writer: £100 book token.
The 2017 Brighton Prize Winners
The prize was judged by publisher Candida Lacey (Myriad Editions) and authors Sally O’Reilly (Dark Aemillia) and Erinna Mettler (Starlings).