Short Story Competition
The 2019 Short Story Competition was launched 1st November 2018, with a closing date of midnight on Friday 22nd March 2019. The Competition Rules are now available for the General Competition, or here for the specific Junior Competition. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED TO ENTRIES. AND JUDGING IS COMPLETE. SEE BELOW.
Prizes for the 2019 Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition were announced at the prize-giving event on Friday 28th June, following An Evening with Mike Gayle. Details of the short-listed and long-listed adult entries, and short-listed junior entries for 2019 appear below.
See below a small selection of the prize-winning short stories from the 2019 competition:
2019 Adult Category Winner, shortlist and longlist:
Winner, 2nd and 3rd – see below:
Paul Barnett Wanting to be John Wayne
Alwyn Bathan Heavy Traffick Trilogy (1st place)
Natalie Cox The Meaning of Clouds
Christine Griffin Curtains (3rd place)
Jupiter Jones The Whale
Robert Laird Jennifer
Richard Lakin Welcome to Midwinter
Marcia Mackey Trudy North. Righteous Soul (2nd place)
Jim Moeller BADS
Jan Turk Petrie Falling Awake
William Fear The End of Summer
Vanessa Horn Deliverance
Rob McInroy The White Deer
Tony Oswick Cody’s Escape
Elizabeth Pratt Linny, The Fire Sign
Judge’s Statement (adult category)
Our two readers, Helen Yendall and Elizabeth Spencer, greatly enjoyed reading all 126 stories entered and selecting their longlist of 15 for judge Vanessa Gebbie to consider. Vanessa’s task was to then reduce the longlist to a shortlist of 10, and from those 10 to identify the winner, and also 2nd and 3rd.
Vanessa also greatly enjoyed the task. The reasons she chose the winner, and 2nd and 3rd, will be revealed at the prizegiving event on 28th June. We don’t want to give the game away at this stage! Vanessa makes the following comments:
“It is always a lovely job to be asked to judge a short story competition. All that creativity, that amazing sense of mystery – there seem to be as many stories as writers, and a different story for each time that writer looks for one. I enjoyed the long list enormously, and congratulations to all those writers whose hard work got through to that stage. What imaginations you have! It was not an easy task to whittle them down to a shortlist, but needs must. Further congratulations to those whose work got through.
One observation, offered in the spirit of being helpful… It is really obvious when a writer has edited for word count, and stopped when a number is reached, not when the story is as sharp as it can be. If that applies to you, next time keep going. Who knows, another 200-300 words could perhaps have been cut, or more – raising it up to the next level.”
2019 Junior Category Winners and shortlist:
The winners, and 2nd and 3rd in each age category, were announced on Friday 28th June by guest speaker, Mike Gayle.
Aged 8 – 11
Avarni Aggarwal The Journey
Bibi Kington-Brady The Ferryman
Emma Bull I Found You
Charisse Han Two wrongs don’t make a right (2nd place)
Amy Hird Red
Ho Lishuan Destiny’s Race
Ho Lishuan Forever (3rd place)
Jacob Jennins Run (1st place)
Sky-Anna Malham Dotty Do Dah Day
Tamsyn Sayles Chalky White Mist
Aged 12 – 15
Kareena Basra Til Death Us Do Part
Viktoria Bogdanova Home
Hannah Chapman The Pen, The Paper, The Voice
Hannah Chapman Spag Bol (1st place)
Alberta Hargreaves Hey Fudge
Matt Kennington The Yellow Star
Iona Mandal A House Full of Butterflies (3rd place)
Nailah Rahman The Traitor
Florence Roxburgh The Beach (2nd place)
Khushi Verma Turn Away Now
Judge’s Statement (junior category)
Ann Evans (http://www.annevansbooks.co.uk)
“What a joy and a privilege to have the opportunity to read so many wonderful stories. I’ve enjoyed reading every single one and been so impressed by the skills and talent of these young writers in both the 8-11 and 12-15 age groups. It’s not only discovering what incredible imaginations these young people have, but also the depths of emotion in their writing. I really admire their courage in tackling subjects such as grief, death and mental illness.
The range of topics has been so widely varied. Some wrote about major issues concerning our planet and mankind; some wrote about loneliness and family issues; others created dystopian and fantasy worlds; others created chilling horror stories or tales of everlasting love, and a few tackled humour.
There has been some truly beautiful writing in both age groups which has made it so difficult to choose overall winners. And I was so impressed by the presentation of every story, the neatness, the attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation – all remarkably good.
I enjoyed every single story in both categories and had to make a long-list before gradually re-reading stories over and over, gradually whittling them down to my shortlist. Even my shortlist was too long! It was so hard to select just ten stories in each category from all the entrants. So massive congratulations to those who made the final tens – you were up against very strong competition. And commiserations to all the other young writers who didn’t make the final ten. Every one of you should be congratulated on producing a great story that I’ve loved reading. I hope you keep on writing and entering competitions. And, finally, huge congratulations to the top three winners in both categories. There was a lot of strong competition and selecting the final three in each category has proved immensely difficult.”
The Rotary Club of Evesham kindly offered the prizes for the junior category of the Competition!