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Winners, BSSA 2022

Huge congratulations to all our winning and commended writers in the International Bath Short Story Award, 2022. The winning and commended stories were selected by our judge, writer, editor and writing teacher, Paul McVeigh and the Local and Acorn Award prizes were chosen by the BSSA team. Read the comments on the stories in our judges’ report. These winning stories, along with all the other brilliant shortlisted stories, will be published in our ninth anthology, to be published by Ad Hoc Fiction in November 2022.

First Prize Winner: ‘Dead Dog’ by Kate O’Grady

Kate O’Grady lives in Stroud. Her short stories have been long listed/short listed or placed in Bath Flash Fiction Competition, Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition, The Phare Short Story Competition, Exeter Short Story Competition, Gloucester Writers Network competition, Stroud Book Festival Short Story competition, and published in Storgy Magazine, The Phare Literary Magazine, and Stroud Short Stories Anthology.

Second Prize Winner: ‘The Ghosts that Dance Between Us’ by Emily Devane

Emily Devane is a writer, editor and teacher from Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Her first print publication was the Bath Short Story Award anthology, 2015. Since then, her work has been widely published, most recently in Ambit and Janus Literary. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, a Word Factory Apprenticeship and a Northern Writers’ Award. Her story ‘The Last King of Connemaidh’ was one of four pieces shortlisted for The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, 2022. Emily teaches creative writing workshops (@wordsmoor), co-hosts Word Factory’s Strike! Short Story Club, and is a founding editor at FlashBack Fiction

Third Prize Winner: ‘Stick People’ by Emer Hoare

Emer Hoare worked for many years as a television creative in documentary and current affairs programming. She has recently completed an MA in creative writing at The Open University, graduating earlier this year. In 2021 she was longlisted in the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair. Emer has been working hard on her writing and is pure delighted to have a story in the anthology. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Commended: ‘Indian Tree’ by Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke has been writing for over thirty years and has sixteen published books encompassing both fiction and non fiction. She has just finished an account of a scandalous relationship in Georgian England, research for which took her all over England. She has also completed her next novel – a slow-burn thriller. She lives in Dorset close to the sea.

Commended: ‘Nobody Believes a Woman Named Joanne’ by Anna Dempsey

Anna Dempsey is an American-born writer and teacher based in London. She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing/Creative Grieving at Bath Spa University. She won the 2019 Costa Short Story Award and has been published by Dear Damsels, Popshot, Litro and Ellipsis Zine.

Acorn Award for an Unpublished Writer of Fiction: ‘Acts of Love on the 17.22 from Bristol Temple Meads’ by David Abbott

David Abbott lives up a hill just outside of Abergavenny in Wales with his boyfriend and a rescue dog called Roxy. He is a one-time resident of Bath and a very occasional writer of fiction.

Local Prize winner: ‘Starling Boy’ by Jenny Tunstall

Jenny Tunstall is a short story writer currently living in North Somerset. She spent many years working in academic publishing, having previously computer modelled urban traffic congestion and sold postcards on Bournemouth pier. She distracts herself from writing by walking local footpaths, singing sea shanties with friends on the beach and haunting second-hand book shops. She lived in Montreal for several years and was shortlisted in the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Literary Awards. She won the Home-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize, placed second in the Saki Short Story Competition and has recently had a short story published in Mslexia.

Shortlisted writers’ bios, BSSA 2022

Congratulations to all the BSSA 2022 shortlisted writers, listed here in alphabetical order. In his general remarks, our shortlist judge Paul McVeigh said:
“The 2022 shortlist was strong. It speaks to the reputation of the Bath Short Story Prize that the stories had such variety in genre, plot and style with impressive quality and I very much enjoyed reading them.”

The 2022 anthology will be out in paperback and available from our publisher  and from Amazon in November, this year.

Lucy Bignall

Lucy Bignall, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘Ham’s Place’, was born in Zambia and grew up in Liberia, England and Saudi Arabia, before emigrating to Australia as an adult, where she lived for fifteen years. Now living in a hairy house in Darkest Buckinghamshire, she works as a violinist. teacher and choir leader and writes as much as possible. She has won 1st place in the Henshaw Press, Yeovil Literary Festival and Writer’s Forum competitions and been placed in many others, as well as being shortlisted for the Fish Memoir prize. She is currently seeking representation for a supernatural novel.

David Butler

David Butler wrote the shortlisted story ‘Hidden’. His second short story collection, Fugitive (Arlen House), and third poetry collection, Liffey Sequence (Doire Press), were both published in 2021. His third novel, City of Dis (New Island), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015.

Clare Chandler

Clare Chandler, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘Your Bed’ worked in publishing and government comms among other things, before moving to Cornwall. She now writes full-time and her published work includes plays (notably performed at the Edinburgh Festival); journalism (mags, websites and newspapers including pieces for the Guardian); short stories (various finalists for prizes including the Costa Short Story Award); and eighteen educational books. She is presently working on a book which blends nature writing and memoir with the story of a very short journey.

Michelle Christophorou

Michelle Christophorou who wrote the shortlisted story ‘The Making of Koupepia’ was born in Lancashire to a Liverpudlian mother and Greek Cypriot father. She now lives in Surrey. She is the author of novella-in-flash, Kipris (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2021), which features characters from ‘The Making of Koupepia’ (names were initially changed in order to enter the short story competition). Her short fiction has appeared in various places in print and online, and her story ‘Wearing You’ (published in National Flash Fiction Day’s FlashFlood journal) was included in the BIFFY 50 list of best UK and Irish flash 2019/20. Find out more at, or on Twitter @MAChristophorou.

Kate Coffey

Kate Coffey who wrote the shortlisted story ‘Bird of Paradise’ was shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Award in 2020 and has been published in New Writing Scotland and Mslexia. This story is taken from a collection of shorts she wrote whilst on the creative writing programme at New Writing South in Brighton. She has just completed her first novel.

Jane Dugdale

Jane Dugdale who wrote the shortlisted story ‘All that Remains is Hope’ is a researcher and writer. A graduate of the Birkbeck MA in Creative Writing, she is currently working on a collection of fantastical short stories and can be found on Twitter @janeannedugdale.

Gilli Fryzer

Gilli Fryzer, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘After the Good Shepherd’s Laundry, Buffalo’, has been published in short story anthologies, print magazines, and online, and performed live. Her story ‘A Kindness’ won the Mslexia Short Story Prize 2020, and was included in Sagenhafte Geschichten, a German anthology of contemporary European tales. Her dystopian folk tale ‘Corn Running’ was chosen by Zoe Gilbert as the winner of the 2019 MIR Summer Festival. One of the London Library’s selected cohort of emerging writers, Gilli works from a salvaged shepherd’s hut in the corner of a Kentish field.
Twitter @GilliFryzer

Edward Hogan

Edward Hogan who wrote the shortlisted story ‘The Greenland Shark’ is from Derby. He has worked in libraries and colleges, and he is now a lecturer at the Open University. His novels include The Electric, and Blackmoor. Ed’s recent short stories have been longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award, and shortlisted for the V.S. Pritchett Prize. His story ‘Single Sit’ won the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize in 2021. He lives in Brighton.

Natalie 0’Keeffe

Natalie O’Keeffe, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘Becoming a Ninja, 1997’, was born and (mostly) raised in Birmingham before she moved to the Scottish Highlands. Her stories typically explore issues of identity, memory, and liminality. She is currently working on her first novel. Find her on twitter: @im_nat_ok

Kerry Jewell

Kerry Jewell, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘The Ant House’ is a writer and nuclear medicine registrar, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. In 2020 she was shortlisted for The Richell Prize for emerging writers. Her short fiction has since been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Australia and New Zealand. She is currently working on her debut novel, Meddies.

Karen Jones

Karen Jones, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘Don’t Step on the Cracks’, is from Glasgow, Scotland. Her flashes have been nominated for Best of the Net and The Pushcart Prize, and her story ‘Small Mercies’ was included in Best Small Fictions 2019. In 2021, she won first prize in the Cambridge Flash Prize, Flash 500 and Reflex Fiction and was shortlisted for To Hull and Back, Bath Flash Fiction and Bath Short Story Award. Her novella-in-flash When It’s Not Called Making Love is published by Ad Hoc Fiction. She is Special Features Editor at New Flash Fiction Review and an editor for National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

Debra Waters

Debra Waters, who wrote the shortlisted story ‘We are Nothing More than Birds’, is a lifestyle journalist and a writer of short stories, memoir and flash fiction. She studied Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths. In 2020, she won The Bridport Short Story Prize for ‘Oh Hululu’. She’s been shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Award, the Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Prize, the Exeter Short Story Prize and the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize, London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Fish Publishing’s Flash Fiction Prize and the Reflex Flash Fiction Competition. She lives in Brighton with her husband and son.

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson who wrote the shortlisted story, ‘Yellow Rose Fever’, graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter in 2021. She was selected to take part in a workshop series with Anna Maria Murphy at The Writers’ Block in Cornwall and commissioned to write a short story for their podcast series ‘Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups’ which was broadcast in February. She is a mentee on the inaugural Word Space programme for emerging south west writers run by Literature Works. ‘Yellow Rose Fever’ is her first published story.

Shortlist BSSA 2022

Many congratulations to the writers shortlisted in our 2022 Award. You are welcome to share that you are shortlisted on social media and elsewhere, but as judging is still in process, we ask you not to link your name with your story. Results will be announced on 3rd August on this website and on social media.

2021 Bath Short Story Award Shortlist
Acts of Love on the 17.22 from Bristol Temple Meads tba
All that remains is hope tba
After the Good Shepherd’s Laundry, Buffalo tba
Becoming a Ninja.1997 tba
Bird of Paradise tba
Dead Dog tba
Don’t Step on the Cracks tba
Ham’s Place tba
Hidden tba
Indian Tree tba
Nobody Believes a Woman Named Joanna tba
Starling Boy tba
Stick People tba
The Ant House tba
The Ghosts That Dance Between Us tba
The Greenland Shark tba
The Making of Koupepia tba
We are nothing more than birds tba
Yellow Rose Fever tba
Your Bed tba

Longlist BSSA 2022

Many congratulations to the writers longlisted in our 2022 Award and big thanks to all those from around the world who entered. Sometimes titles are duplicated among entries and you will have received an email from us to confirm it is your story listed. You are welcome to share that you are longlisted on social media and elsewhere, but as judging is still in process, we ask you not to link your name with your story. Thank you.

2021 Bath Short Story Award Long List
Acts of love on the 17.22 from Bristol Temple Meads tba
All That Remains is Hope tba
After the Good Shepherd’s Laundry, Buffalo tba
A Good Night tba
Beast tba
Becoming a Ninja tba
Bird of Paradise tba
Bitty Vee tba
Cock o’The North tba
Dead Dog tba
Don’t Step on the Cracks tba
Extending the Olive Branch tba
Flatmates tba
Ham’s Place tba
Hidden tba
His Last Mandolin tba
Hydrangea tba
I Can’t Hear You tba
Indian Tree tba
Knowing the Enemy tba
Landfill tba
Looking for Anna tba
My friend Jake tba
Nine Storeys High tba
Nobody believes a woman named Joanne tba
Obituary Notice tba
Only Me tba
Park Life tba
Polbo á Feira tba
Raju and the Tiger tba
Ratty tba
Sophia Goes Bowling at 3.AM tba
Starling Boy tba
Stick People tba
Still Life With Lemon tba
Swimming Upstream tba
The Ant House tba
The Census Worker tba
The Ghosts That Dance Between Us tba
The Greenland Shark tba
The Guising tba
The Making of Koupepia tba
The Neverending Picnic tba
The Omiyage Maker of Yamanashi tba
The Top Road tba
The Vocabulary Builder of Utopia Gardens tba
We are nothing more than birds tba
Yellow Rose Fever tba
Your_Bed tba