The International Bath Short Story Award is organised by Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger. Launched in 2012, it has rapidly become established as one of the prominent short story competitions in the UK receiving over a thousand world-wide entries each year.
Jude, Anna and Jane all have a passion for short fiction and have been meeting together as a writing group to workshop their own writing since 2002. They are keen to promote the short story form by means of the yearly award and occasional events and champion short story writers whenever they can on social media and elsewhere.
Jude Higgins is a writer, events organiser and writing tutor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (2012) and currently enjoys writing very short fiction. In addition to co-running the Bath Short Story Award, she organises the Bath Flash Fiction Award which runs two competitions. One, rolling competition with three rounds a year. £1000 top prize each round, for fiction of 300 words. The other a yearly award for a novella-in-flash (a sequence of stand-alone flash fictions with a narrative arc) 7,000-18,000 words. £300 top prize, plus print and digital publication.
In recent years, Jude has been successful in several writing competitions and her flash fiction is published in the Fish Prize Anthology, 2014, Inktears, Visual Verse, Faber Academy, Quick Fics, Flash Frontier, National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies 2015 and 2016, National Flash Fiction Flood, 2015 and 2016, Retreat West, Halo and Severine literary magazines. Longer short stories are published in Cinnamon Press and Earlyworks Press.
With her colleague Alexandra Wilson, Jude co-founded Writing Events Bath Jude and Alex run workshops for beginners and experienced writers in Bath Central Library and Bath Literary Festival and organise events with visiting authors and agents.
Think of a country on the Foreign Office blacklist and you can be sure Anna’s either been there or is booking it for her next trip. Travelling has always been her great passion and living and teaching in Samoa in the 70s inspired her first novel (available from Amazon in digital and paperback formats) Paradise and Back
Travel is a consistent theme in Anna’s fiction: at the age of twelve she won her first short story competition with ‘A Holiday in Church Norton’ – which tested her imagination to its limits. Later, her short stories won her a week’s residential course. This resulted in Anna running a writers’ workshop in the Bede Monastery Museum in Jarrow for many years and publishing its work in a magazine called Gyrwy. She is also a poet, published in Horizon and in some regional magazines and is now concentrating on redrafting her second novel ‘Steps.’
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.
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