Our first ever Evesham Festival of Words ‘First Line’ Competition is now open!

Open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers over the age of 12. Its fun, free to enter and there are prizes to be won! Click here for the EFoW First Line Competition Rules

Launch date: 1st May 2022. Closing date: 31st May 2022


Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition 2022! 

The 2022 Short Story Competition is now completed.  We received 133 entries, including a good number from overseas. 
The winner, 2nd and 3rd are announced below, as well as the long- and short-listed entries.

Click on the links to read these winning stories.

2022 Winner, shortlist and longlist:

Winner, 2nd and 3rd – see below:



Abigail Williams      The Flower Man (1st place)

Fran Hill                      The Burial (2nd place)

Jane Arthur                The Man in the Tent (3rd place)

Dianne Bown-Wilson    Hangry

Maureen Cullen              The Thin Place

Rod Francisco                The Mouse

Richard Hooton             Hunger

Liz Meyer                        Shall We Dance?                  

Sherri Turner                Kneelers

Sandy Vaughan            The Sea Gate


Alison Allen            New Beginnings

Christine Griffin    An English November          

Chris Marcotte      Rosemary for Remembrance

Josie Turner            Wings

Christine Venzion     The Beauty

Judge’s Statement

Our two readers, Jan Dawson and Gillian Proops, had great fun and a great challenge deciding on a longlist of 15.  Our judge, Simon Whaley, enjoyed his task too.  Click on the Judges Report 28.3.22 to see what he had to say about his task as judge and about the top 3 stories.  

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