BSSA 2021 Anthology launch

Friday, December 3rd 2021 – 19:30 pm to 21:30 pm GMT

We’re excited to launch our eighth print anthology, published again by the award-winning indie press,  Ad Hoc Fiction. The 2021 collection from this year’s shortlist is a diverse and eclectic selection of powerful, moving and occasionally humorous stories and you’re invited to join us to hear extracts read by the authors and the BSSA team.  Our 2021 judge Norah Perkins found all the stories ‘spoke eloquently’ and said how difficult it was to choose a winner. She added, ‘The winners of this year’s award all demonstrate radical compassion, diverse perspectives, and truly extraordinary voices – I can’t wait to read what they write next.’ 

Although nothing beats a cosy evening at the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Books in Bath, we’re holding this year’s launch on Zoom again, as there are still Covid concerns. Luckily, it means authors can join us from across the world and different time zones. In addition to the readings, there will be breakout groups to chat to other writers and guests and, at the end, a raffle. We’ll also launch next year’s award and reveal the identity of our 2022 judge (it’s someone many of you will know quite well!).

The following authors will be reading from their stories: Stephanie Carty Davey, Plastic Jesus and the Holy Spirit; Kristen Loesch Important Letters; Ruth Bateson The Pheasant; Rosaleen Lynch Hail; Catherine Smith Jellyfish; Samanthi Munasing Two Samosas and a Packet of Crisps;  James Young  At Anderson’s Field; Elizabeth Cooke L’Chaim; Paul Bassett Davies Your Car Has Broken Down;  Karen Jones Breathing Patterns;  Maria Clark Georgie Three; Rupert Tebb The Mountain Range Behind the Clothes Rack;  Emily Devane On the Beauty of Sad Endings;  K. Lockwood Jefford  In Bed with My Sister; Joshua Levy. Pigeons. Extracts from The Great Pretender Lynda Mason; The Ghost of Your words Peter Burns and Dead End R J Lingard will be read by members of the BSSA team.

You can read more about these authors on our Winners and Shortlisted pages

If you want to come, please email  bathshortstoryaward {at} gmail {dot} com  asap  for a link. Please don’t forward links to others as it’s important we keep a record of the number of attendees.

We look forward to seeing you.

Alison, Jane and Jude