Thank you to all writers who entered the Bath Short Story Award this year, 2015, some of you submitting three or more stories. Since April, our eleven initial readers have been busy reading the 1003 entries received. It has been fascinating selecting first a longlist and then the shortlist. Many stories came from and were set in different countries – South America, Wales, Croatia, Ireland the Middle East, Israel, Malaysia, the Caribbean, Spain, the United States, Australia, Africa as well as those that took place in this country, often outside in urban or coastal settings or within houses, public places and even cars…

Subject matter included stories of old age and death, studies of the struggles within relationships – themes of loss and separation,  stories of urban life, the destruction of the environment, memories of wartime, contemporary themes of poverty, displacement and survival. Writers were often inventive with titles, structure and language; popular ‘genres’ included literary fiction, magical realism, fairy stories, fables and crime. This year, there were fewer historical and science fiction stories.

The stories selected for the longlist reflect the best of this range of subject matter, structure and style. They helped us learn about different cultures, were sometimes shocking, made us think, moved us to tears or made us laugh. The stories began well, ended well and were good in the middle too – and either offered fresh angles on familiar themes or introduced new and challenging subject matter, written powerfully and with heart.

There were almost 100 contenders for the longlist, whittled down to 50 and then to a shortlist of 10. Congratulations to all those who entered and especially to those who made the final selections (the titles below are listed in no particular order). It was hard to choose. The winning announcement, complete with the winning stories and names of all shortlisted and longlisted authors will be posted on this site at noon on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015.



The Ends of the Earth

Hummingbird Heart

Dancing to the Shipping Forecast


The Three Kings

The Woman of Letters

The She-Wolves

That Summer

Boy Uncharted

Last Rites                               (First line: ’ Rose Cullen. Eighty eight years of age’)



Death in the Nest



Big And Brie

The Quiet Numb of Nothing

The Man in the Box

A Small Flame

Watching the Storms Roll In

Can We Go Home?

Memories Burn Bright, Burn Out

From the Rollerama to the Junkyard.

Skunk and Beastie

Mackerel Sky

The Mosquito Press

Driving North

The Arlingham Schoolboys

Knickers For A Queen

Witching Hour

A Keeper’s Telling


The Instructions Said

The Museum of Childhood

The World’s Best Creeper

The Act

Inside Out

Chagall Blue


One Trick

Ruby Slippers


Ruby Shoesmith, click, click, click!

The Upside Down Man

The Boy Who Loved Trains


The Mini-break

All change please

Frank’s Surprise

A Moving Picture