About

The International Bath Short Story Award, is currently organised by Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Alison Woodhouse. One of our founder members, Anna Schlesinger has now retired from the team. Launched in 2012 the BSSA has rapidly become established as one of the prominent short story competitions in the UK receiving over fifteen hundred world-wide entries each year and producing a yearly anthology of short-listed and winning authors.

Jude Higgins is a writer, events organiser and writing tutor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (2012) and writes very short (flash) fiction. In addition to co-running the Bath Short Story Award, she directs Flash Fiction Festivals UK,  a yearly festival devoted to flash fiction. She is also founding organiser of the Bath Flash Fiction Award which runs a rolling competition with three rounds a year and a yearly award for  a novella-in-flash. Jude is a director of the Award winning short-short fiction publisher Ad Hoc Fiction

Jude’s flash fictions have been published widely and she has won or been listed in many competitions for short-short fiction. Her chapbook of flash fiction The Chemist’s House, was published by V Press in 2017 and you can buy it from her website or on Amazon kindle. Jude runs on-going weekly sessions on writing short short fiction on Zoom and seasonal themed workshops.

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After taking a degree in History and Drama in the Dark Ages, Jane spent the next decade teaching, directing productions and badgering the National Youth Theatre into accepting her students. A move to Miami during the ‘Vice’ years proved such a culture shock she began to write in earnest and mainly in longhand, never having learned to type. That changed when she was accepted to do a correspondence course in writing for children. Although there was a chance this might prove to be the latest scam to befall Jane since embarking on her American adventure, she sent off a cheque and, to her surprise, the tutorials began. The course left her with two certainties: creative writing skills can be taught but her readership would not be children. Winning the Woman and Home Short Story Competition in 1999 and a move to Bath encouraged her to make links with other writers through courses and workshops. She runs the creative writing classes for a local festival and is also writing a crime novel.


Alison Woodhouse is a writer and teacher. Her flash fiction and short stories have been widely published and anthologised, including In the Kitchen (Dahlia Press), With One Eye on the Cows (Bath flash fiction), Leicester Writes 2018 & 2020 (Dahlia Press), The Real Jazz Baby (Reflex Press), A Girl’s Guide to Fishing (Reflex Press), National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies and Life on the Margins (Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards). She has won a number of story competitions including Flash 500, Hastings, HISSAC (flash & short story), NFFD micro, Biffy50, Farnham, Ad Hoc Fiction and Limnisa and been placed in many others. In 2019 she was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her debut novella-in-flash The House on the Corner was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in October, 2020. Twitter: @AJWoodhouse
Facebook: Alison Woodhouse

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