The Bournemouth Writing Prize Short Story Shortlist 2021

We are delighted to be able to announce the shortlist of The Bournemouth Writing Prize Short Story competition 2021. Congratulations to all of you listed here!

Every shortlisted story has been put forward for inclusion in the anthologies we will be publishing later in the year. We will let you know if yours is selected.

The judges, including literary agent Sophie Scard and Picador commissioning editor Ansa Khan Khattak, now have the very difficult decision of choosing an overall winner!

Please don’t feel discouraged if you didn’t make it this time. We will open for entries again in the Autumn.


The BWP Short Story Shortlist 2021


A Beaker Full of the Warm South by Cath Barton

A Guide to keeping Birds by Anne O’Leary

An Maighdeann-Roin by James Skivington

Baklava and Umm Haram Erini Loucaides

Becoming Sarah Bernhardt by Emma Latham

Clean Sweat by Charlotte Gajek

Five Days by Chip Tolson

Flowers for Miss Havisham by Wendy Jones

Here’s to You, Mrs Avery by Alice Fowler

Johannesberg by Joe Bedford

Peace unto the Heathen by Penny Frances

Run Katy Run by C Kerr

Salty Eid by Judith Allnatt

Scattered From The Mountain by Thandi Sebe

Scorched Earth by Dara Kavanagh

Second Person by Josephine Galvin

Shopping for Annie  by Lesley Webb

String Theory  by Richard Smith

Such a Sweet Girl by Stewart Arnold

The Anatomical Venus by Emma Latham

The Book From the Beach by Tracey Mahoney

The Wake by Alan Murrin

Thirty Six Up by Bethany Wren

Treat Day by Jayne Rowney