Short Story Competition

The 2020 Short Story Competition is now closed to entries and judging is under way – completed now for the Adult entries (see below).  Note that because of the coronavirus situation there will be no prize-giving event in 2020.  The adult winner, 2nd and 3rd are announced below.  Click on the links to read these winning stories.  The Competition Rules are available for the General Competition.

 

Note that we will be launching a new Poetry Competition in mid April.  Watch this space for more details.

 

 

2020 Adult Category Winner, shortlist and longlist:

Winner, 2nd and 3rd – see below:

 

Shortlist:

Glenda Young             The Fan Club Man (1st place)

Manish Chauhan       Village PeopleVILLAGE PEOPLE (2nd place)

Tia Diack                      Honour is Thicker than BloodHonour is Thicker Than Blood (3rd place)

Margaret Davies         The Secrets of our Hearts

Clarissa Dennison      Pots

Clare Hawkins             Walghvogel

Jenefer Heap               Stay

Richard Lakin              Fizzog

Linda Lewis                 The ‘L’ Word

Rosie Orr                      The Canal and the Trees and Everything

Longlist:

Maureen Blundell A Gull’s Eye View

Mhairi Gray            Sunrise at Greenwich Park

Susan James          A Taste For It

Val Ormrod            The Perfect Wife

Tony Oswick          Amazon Adventure

Judge’s Statement (adult category)

Our two readers, Helen Yendall and Yvonne Draper, had great fun and a great challenge reading all of the 115 entries received from all over the country.  Our judge, Chris Hill, enjoyed his task too.  Here is what he had to say:

“In these strange times, when we can’t physically be together, it has been a delight for me to meet all of these fantastic writers through reading their stories.  It’s at times of loneliness and isolation that we need the magic of writing more than ever, so thank you all.

Everyone can write, we learn at school, but that doesn’t mean everyone is a writer.  Creative writing is a learned skill which can only be acquired through practice and effort.  Everyone whose work I read has clearly honed their craft and earned the right to call themselves writers.  It was a tough job to pick the shortlist, and an even harder one to choose the winners.  I enjoyed reading your work enormously and congratulations to you all.

Each writer has their own way of working but here’s a tip which I think helps us all.  Writing is a process at the end of which waits the reader.  Try to put your work aside after you have finished it, leave it in a drawer somewhere then come back when it is half forgotten and become that reader.  Approach the story with no expectations or emotional attachment.  What do you see?  Do you finish it with the satisfactionof having read something really good?  If not, don’t worry, you still have time.”

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!

 

Competition rules & regulations (2020)

If you are interested in the short story competition, then click here for all of the General Competition Rules, or here for the specific Junior Competition Rules.