Many congratulations to the winners and commended writers in the 2020 BSSA Award. You can read comments on the stories by our shortlist judge Kate Johnson and the BSSA team on our Judges’ Comments post. These brilliant stories will be published in our 2020 BSSA anthology this November.
Marissa’s fiction won the Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2019 and her stories have been variously podium-placed or listed in international competitions such as Mslexia, FlashBack Fiction, Fish, Flash Frontier’s Micro Madness and Reflex. Her flash stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, BIFFY 50 and Best Micro Fiction and one of her stories appears on the US Wigleaf Top 50 2020 long list. Read more about Marissa on www.marissahoffmann.com. She is currently working on her first novel. You can follow Marissa @Hoffmannwriter.
Sharon lives in the Yorkshire Wolds, where she works as a non-fiction writer and editor. She started writing fiction in 2015. Her flash fiction has won prizes, including the Bath Flash Fiction Award (twice) and the Reflex Flash Fiction Prize. In 2018, she was awarded the New Writing North/Word Factory Short Story Northern Apprenticeship for emerging writers. Her work has been selected for the Test Signal anthology of the best contemporary Northern writing, to be published by Dead Ink Books and Bloomsbury in 2021. She tweets @sharontelfer.
Samanthi was born in Sri Lanka and lives in the village of Alfriston in East Sussex.
Following a Creative Writing course at Sussex University she began working on her novel which is now complete. She is an avid reader and loves walking in the South Downs.
Justine grew up in Kent and Hampshire. She is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing MA programme. In 2005 she moved to Rome, Italy where she still lives and teaches. She has short stories published in Fictive Dream, Virtual Zine, Confingo Magazine, and forthcoming in The Lonely Crowd, and with Nightjar Press. Her novel – In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced – will be published by Agora Books in 2021.
Commended: Exterior. Train Station Platform. Night by Dan Powell.
danpowellfiction.com and as @danpowfiction.
Stephen Gibbin was born and raised in North Yorkshire, where he lives with his wife and four children. He is currently working on a collection of short stories, along with a novel. The Quiet One is his first published work.
Robin Booth has written plays that have been performed at theatres in London, in Oxford and at the British Library. He lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with his wife and two children, and works for an independent publishing company that specialises in theatre. His short stories have been selected for two Stroud Short Stories events. He’s looking forward to the day when theatres can open their doors to live audiences again.