The 2016 Brighton Prize
It was won by Josie Turner with Learning my Lesson.
The winner of the 2015 Brighton Prize was:
Calm Down, Dear by Lucy Flannery
The runners up were:
The Mason Pearson by Tamsin Cottis
Mermaid by Cheryl Powell
And the rest of the shortlist was:
Billy Custy by Lesley Quayle
Boomerang Baby by Roisin O’Donnell
Day Seven by Nick Adams
Driving North by Pia Ghosh Roy
Inside, Outside by Emily Devane
Our Shadows Our Walls by Neil Noon
Wax Bloom by Ebone Mouton
Highly Regarded Stories
We also recognised some stories that we liked very much, but didn’t quite make the list. These stories were:
Anniversary by Steph Broadribb
Blue by Paul Barnett
The Girl With the Green Ear Muffs by Denise Spencer
Horizons by Gill Balfour
Jenny and the Bee by Madeline Cross
Lyme Regis by William Davidson
Museum of Childhood by Ruth Gilligan
Pangloin by Melanie Whipman
Spinning by Allie Rogers
The Brighton Prize 2015 was judged by best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James.
Peter has lived in and around Brighton for most of his life. His ten novel Roy Grace series is set in the city, and has sold 16 million copies worldwide. Read more about Peter.
The winners of the 2014 Brighton Prize were announced to a packed-out Rattle Tales show at Brighton Festival Fringe on 14th May.
Congratulations to winner Linda McVeigh, with her story Ordinary Man in Suit. She won £400.
The two runners-up were Allie Rogers with Not Coming in Again, and Melanie Whipman with The Real Thing. They both won £50.
All of the top three read their stories to the Rattle Tales audience at the Brunswick.
Seven more shortlisted writers were offered publication in the Rattle Tales anthology, along with the top three.
The seven shortlisted entries were:
Alan Axton – White Light
Vanessa Savage – The Fifty-Fifty Room
Claire Fuller – A Short Lie in the Long Grass
Paul McMichael – On the Strand at Lahinch
Mairi Brown – A Long Walk
Shirley Golden – Tracks
Laura Wilkinson – Deep, Dark and Dangerous
Thanks to all the top ten and all the rest of the nearly 350 writers who entered for making the first Brighton Prize such a success.
And thanks for course to our judges….
The Brighton Prize 2014 was judged by two Brighton based authors.
Bethan Roberts is the author of The Pools, The Good Plain Cook, and Mother Island.
Laura Lockington is the author of The Cornish Affair, Cupboard Love and Stargazy Pie.