BSSA 2020 Open Now

Our seventh yearly international Short Story Award is open now for international entries and closes on April 20th 2020 at midnight BST.

This year, we’re delighted to welcome literary agent Kate Johnson from Mackenzie Wolf Literary Agency as our short list judge. Read our interview with her and find out about the sort of stories she is looking for.

We have five prizes: First prize, £1200; second prize, £300; third prize £100, The Acorn Award for a unpublished writer of fiction, £100;
and £50 in book tokens from Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath.

The entry fee is £8.00 for each submission

Stories up to a maximum of 2200 words on any theme or subject.

Please read our rules before you enter
We accept online and postal entries.

Our 2019 anthology is now available to buy from our publisher Ad Hoc Fiction in several different currencies for world wide deliveries. Twenty brilliant stories. Copies of our 2018 anthology are also available from Ad Hoc Fiction and previous anthologies can be bought at reduced prices on this site.