Stefanie Seddon has won the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize, an international writing competition open to writers worldwide.
The prestigious international writing competition, now in its 9th year, received 2,160 entries from writers around the world.
Stefanie only started writing fiction 2 years ago. In that time she has been a regional winner in the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and has just completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Stefanie grew up in New Zealand but now lives in East Sussex, UK.
The judging panel was chaired by celebrated writer, creative writing teacher and performer, Tania Hershman. Tania was joined on the panel by literary agent, Juliet Pickering; writer, Niven Govinden and award-winning bookshop owner, Simon Key.
Tania Hershman says of the winning story: “Kãkahu is a poignant, magical story tackling trauma through a child’s eyes using the power of myth. Writing from a child’s point of view is a challenge, and Stefanie rises to it beautifully, unsentimentally. From the opening sentence we know we are held safely by a writer who knows exactly where she is going, and takes us there with grace and surety.”
Stefanie says of her win: “I’m completely surprised and delighted that Kãkahu got this far. Opportunities like the Bristol Prize make such a difference to emerging writers. It was really wonderful to meet the other shortlistees and winners, and the judges, at the awards ceremony. I feel very lucky to be in the anthology alongside such a strong group of writers.”
2nd prize went to Tanner McSwain who lives in Chicago, and 3rd prize was won by Berlin-based, Kate Brown.
The top 3 prizewinning stories were announced at an Awards Ceremony on October 8th in the Reading Room of Bristol Central Library.
The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9, featuring the top 3 prize winners plus the 17 other shortlisted stories was launched at the Ceremony and is now on general sale worldwide.