The 2018 Writing Competitions

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Winners Announcement!

We are delighted to finally be able to announce the results of our 2018 Writing Competitions. Thank you all for your patience.
The quality and volume of entries meant the judging took longer than we had anticipated.
Many congratulations to our winners, commiserations to those of you who didn’t get placed but please keep on writing!
And the winners are…

Flash Fiction (sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust from the Skoyles Bursaries Fund)

1. Richard Westwood – Jogging – read it here
2. Linda Lewis – Dull and Boring – read it here
3. Kate O’Grady – So Many Clusters, So Many Holes – read it here

Judge, Sue Limb said “I’d forgotten how impossible it is to judge any kind of fiction competition – the work is all so very different, and very enjoyable in different ways.”

Poetry (sponsored by Stroud Festival)

1. David Punter – Gull – read it here
2. Christopher M James – Mind the Gap– read it here
3. Mary Gillone – I’ll try to be old on another day– read it here

Judge, Adam Horovitz said “It has been a huge pleasure to judge the first Stroud Book Festival poetry competition. I am delighted to have finally found three winners, amongst a plethora of excellent entries, that deal in three very different ways with the matter of being human. “

Mainstream Fiction (sponsored by Katie Fforde and Hawkwood College)

1. Kim Botly (writing as CN Gallant) – Red Rubicon
2. Joanna Campbell – The Days Between the Hours
3. Anita Davie – Songbirds of Cyprus

Judge, Katie Fforde said, “This was a difficult but pleasurable job. There were some pieces of lovely, vivid writing with great and original ideas.” We look forward to being able to present our winners with their prizes at The Festival.

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