The 2019 Writing Competitions
We are delighted to finally be able to announce the results of our 2019 Writing Competitions. Thank you all for your patience.
The quality and volume of entries, not to mention a rather large technical glitch, meant the judging took longer than we had anticipated. Please note that all entries are sent to the judges completely anonymously, with only a number to identify them.
Many congratulations to our winners, commiserations to those of you who didn’t get placed but please keep on writing!
And the winners are…
1st Jo Sadler All We Wanted to Be
2nd Kim Botly Hymn
3rd Marie Gethins Phantom Possibilities
Judge, Tania Hershman, said
“What I look for in a great flash story is what I look for in a great story of any length but distilled to its essence: a combination of a freshness of language, and the power of what the perfectly-chosen word can do, with characters who immediately come alive, leap off the page and demand that I read on to find out what happens next…Receiving a pile of stories to read for a competition is always a good window into the state of the nation – or the fiction writer’s mind! In this pile, recurring themes included goats, car accidents, marriage and criminal enterprises. Lots of goats.”
POETRY sponsored by Stroud Festival
1st Anja Konig Still Missing
2nd Anja Konig Happiness in Dark December
3rd JLM Morton Familiar
Judge, Jo Bell, said
The judge of a poetry competition is a confessor, a critic and a comedy villain to be booed by the unfortunate people whose work didn’t win a gong. To them, apologies – especially as two of the top three in this competition are by the same writer. This may seem unfair, but I think the choice was a just one. The poems that won were refreshing, confident and utterly personal without being clichéd. There may not be any new subjects in poetry, but there are always new ways to tackle them.
MAINSTREAM FICTION sponsored by Katie Fforde. Judge Alice Jolly
1st Elizabeth Loudon All the Men Are Dancing
2nd Issy D’Arcy Clark Bitter Rain
3rd Annie Smith In Real Life
Our Children’s Writing Competition entries are with our judge, John Dougherty, and we hope to be able to announce our winners before the Christmas holiday.