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


Highly commended:

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

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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