We are pleased to announce the winners of the Short Story Competition 2015 are ...
1st Prize £500
Erika Woods I Am Not Afraid
2nd Prize £100
Steve Wade A Temptress on Cloven Hooves
3rd Prize £50
Josie Turner The Co-Operative
Shortlisted entries were ...
Rose McGinty The Nightingale's Song
Will Ingrams Nightscabbling
Nicolas Ridley Compliance
Sherri Turner You Can Keep Your Hat On
Paul Chiswick Lost Souls
Robin Wrigley Idi's Ark
Anthony Howcroft Race for the Pot
Valerie Jane Wilson The Day Before Thanksgiving, 1952
Valerie Jane Wilson Belle Dame sans Merci
Julia Anderson Word Spittle
Taria Karillion A Eulogy for Boo
Taria Karillion The Stolen Day
Judge's Report by Jan Ruth www.janruth.com
1st Prize I Am Not Afraid
This powerful, lyrical story enthralled, enlightened and entertained beyond its modest word count. Each time I read it, another layer of understanding was wrenched from the words. Some of the subject matter – abuse, rape and death – is terribly dark, contrasting the joy and innocence of youth with all that is raw and evil, and how hate can destroy a life. It’s also about the terrible differences placed on the value of men and women and the sheer strength of the human soul.
The writing is so confident and expressive I wonder if some elements of this story are drawn from experience.
Beautiful, and chilling.
2nd Prize A Temptress on Cloven Hooves
Bereavement through a young boy’s eyes, looking for someone or something to blame. In this case, the goat is in the line of fire, literally.
I was drawn back to this story time and again. It has an old filmic quality in the rural imagery and the cruel, misinformed superstitions of the men.
Peter, can only see one way out for both of them…
Interspersed with memories of his father and the days of golden farming, the author’s voice is clear and the story is gently compelling.
3rd Prize The Co-Operative
This reminded me of my schooldays – long time ago – but we’ve probably all known a Daisy, and a Sarah. And then there’s Lennox, a middle-class arty sort. Sarah, is the bright popular one and Daisy, the one who tags along in their shadow, seemingly happy to do Sarah’s bidding.
Until one day, the worm turns.
The style is simple and gossipy, narrated from both girls points of view and sometimes there is much merit from a story which simply entertains. I really wanted more from this triangle of characters.
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