Short Story Competition
Judging for the 2018 Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition is now complete (see below). Many thanks to everyone who has submitted an entry.
Click here for the General Competition Rules, or here for the specific Junior Competition Rules. We are very grateful to The Rotary Club of Evesham who have once again kindly sponsored the junior prizes, and to the Vale of Evesham Commerce and Tourism Association (VECTA) for sponsoring the adult prize this year.
Short Story Competition 2018
The winners of the 2018 Short Story Competition will be announced by Amelia Dalton on Friday 29th June.
Details of the short-listed, long-listed adult entries, and short-listed juniors for 2018 appear below.
2018 Adult Category Winner, shortlist and longlist:
Winner – to be announced by Amelia Dalton on 29th June 2018
The Vale of Evesham Commerce and Tourism Association (VECTA) provided the prize for the winning adult entry.
Duncan Abel The Species of Things
Kathryn Barton The Small Adventures of Paddy O’Hagan
Nigel Hall To The Power of Two
Louise Knight Gone with Winter
Moira Miller Starlings
Jim Moeller The Hired Hand
L.F. Roth Unfinished Business
Edward Sergeant To Be Meat
Catherine Tester The House in the Peach Orchard
Judy Walker Not Normal
Paul Barnett A Bit of a Laugh
Mary Charnley Grim Reaper
Ian Riddle It’s All JJ’s Fault
Paula Stanley Going Potty
Adele Winston Beside You
Judge’s Statement (adult category)
Our two readers, Chris Hill and Cathy Evans, have completed their task of producing a longlist of 15 for judge Lynne Hackles to consider. Lynne’s task was to then reduce the longlist to a shortlist of 10, and from those 10 to identify the winner. Once again we had a good number of entries. Chris and Cathy both enjoyed the task of reading all the stories, and producing the longlist. They apparently reached agreement without too much difficulty.
Lynne also greatly enjoyed the task. The reasons she chose the winner will be revealed in the published Anthology, which will include all the shortlisted adult and junior entries, and the winners. We don’t want to give the game away at this stage! She did make the comment, however, that most of the entries could have had fewer words. In Lynne’s words: “Just because a word limit is 2,500, there is no need to pad stories out to try to reach that limit. A short story should not have a wasted word so some editing was needed in some of the stories. I enjoyed reading them all, but I wanted to edit as I went along. And remember, even when writing fiction, the facts must be correct.”
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2018 Junior Category Winners and shortlist:
The winners, to be announced on Friday 29th June by Amelia Dalton:
Aged 8 – 11
Rebecca Bellamy P.T.O
Martha Davey I’m Ready Now
Iona Mandal The Art of Conversation
Emma Smith Lily and the Little Black Kitten
Roseanna Smith Cowcrake’s Crafty Creature
Aged 12 – 15
Sara Amin The Golden Statue
Alissa Bonnett Coming Out of His Shell
Phoebe Morse Paper Cranes
Katie Shauger The Little French Girl
Judge’s Statement (junior category)
Ann Evans (http://www.annevansbooks.co.uk)
All the stories this year have been of an exceptionally high standard, and it was wonderful to see some really unique ideas. Each story had its own charm and style – and it has been a real pleasure to read every single one of them. I was particularly impressed with the younger age group – some lovely stories from young writers which is very heartening. I was also particularly impressed with the presentation. It was clear that the writers had taken extra care to get their work written as neatly and correctly as possible. There were one or two occasions of the writer making a slight error in their punctuation around dialogue, but overall, they were all very well written. It’s been a tricky task to pick out the winners in both categories as the stories were all so very good. I know readers are going to love every one of them.
The Rotary Club of Evesham kindly offered the prizes for the junior category of the Competition!