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 2018 Brighton Prize is open now with a top prize of £1000


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.

We’re looking for flash fiction up to 350 words and short stories between 1000 and 2000 words.



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.


Closing date: 1st July 2018.


Enter here


The 2017 Brighton Prize Winners

See them here


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



Read about the winners of the 2016 Brighton Prize here


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