The Brighton Prize was founded to find brilliant short story writers. We offer cash prizes for new short and flash fiction.

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

When we read a story, we want to be challenged and excited. If you’re a writer who can do that, we’d love to have your entry.

The 2015 Brighton Prize was judged by Peter James, and won by Lucy Flannery with Calm Down, Dear.

This year, our judges are Umi Sinha, William Shaw and Candida Lacey.

The 2016 Brighton Prize is now closed to entries.

Short story prizes:

Winning short story: £500

Two runners up: £100 each.

Local prize (for a writer resident in Sussex: £100 book token.

Flash fiction prizes:

Winning flash fiction story: £100

Two runners up: £50 each.

Highly commended stories:

We’ll also recognise some of the best shortlisted stories that don’t quite make the list of prizewinners.

Entry fees:

£8 for short stories

£6 for flash fiction.


Enter your short story (1-2000 words) here.

Enter your flash fiction (up to 350 words) here. 

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