Previous Prizes

The 2017 Brighton Prize

In 2017, the Brighton Prize was judged by Candida Lacey, Sally O’Reilly and Erinna Mettler.

It was won by Paula Hunter with Wait.

Read more about Paula and the rest of the 2017 winners


The 2016 Brighton Prize

In 2016, the Brighton Prize was judged by Candida Lacey, Umi Sinha and William Shaw.

It was won by Josie Turner with Learning my Lesson.

Read more about Josie and the rest of the 2016 prizewinners.



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 winn10290004_650499978362634_4521169339096546040_ners 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.

10308289_650499825029316_1848289975464894245_nThe 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

Read a review of the 2014 Brighton Prize here.

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 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.