Text Box:    Short Story Results 2017

First: Losing Worlds  by Tessa Byars

Second: Injunction by Dan Brotzel

Third: In the Orbit of Pluto by Kieran Marsh

Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

 

Judge’s Report for the short story competition 2016/17 from Sheila Bugler

 

When I read a short story, I want to feel something. I want a story to make me laugh or cry or think about life in a different way afterwards. Judging this selection of stories gave me everything I could have hoped for. Without exception, the stories were brilliantly written, genuinely moving and – in some cases – laugh out loud funny.

Each story deserves mention and I found it really difficult reducing my choice down to three. Early on, it was clear to me which story was the winning entry. But choosing amongst the others was a struggle and I changed my mind several times. In the end, I went with the stories that affected me the most while reading them and stayed with me the longest afterwards.

 

1st: Losing Worlds

This story stood out immediately. The writing is flawless, the story is heart-breaking and the final paragraph reduced me to a blubbering wreck. Told from the perspective of a confused woman suffering from some form of dementia, this short tale (1605 words in total) packs a mighty punch. I loved it and I cried each time I read it. That is quite an achievement.

 

2nd: Injunction

Sharp, clever and very funny, Injunction is the very unfunny story of an obsessive stalker. Told from the stalker’s point of view, the story gives a terrifying insight into a very twisted mind. The narrative is very original; it’s only gradually that you realise you are reading something more than just a straight-forward love story. Highly recommended.

 

3rd: In the Orbit of Pluto

Another terrifying and truly shocking story, I was literally gripping the sides of my chair while I read this and willing this story to end differently to the way it did. Set in contemporary Dublin, the story focuses on a gangland killing and the terrible consequences of that act. From the outset, I knew this one wasn’t going to end well but I kept hoping I was wrong. Despite this, the ending truly did shock me and I salute whoever wrote this brilliantly crafted story. Rich in the Dublin dialect, the tragic lives revealed in this story lingered long after I’d finished.

 

Short Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

 

A Trip to Market by Susan Bennett

Annie is Sleeping by Sherri Turner

Big Al by Jamie Stacey

Colouring in For the Middle-aged Woman by Catherine Finch

Dragon's Den by Lesley A

Heavenly by Daniel L. Link

In the Orbit of Pluto by Kieran Marsh

Injunction by Dan Brotzel

Just Like Achilles by Peter Burns

Losing Worlds by Tessa Byars

Sexy Pictures of Firemen by Rhonwen McCormack

The Tunnel by Ken McBeath

Time in a Bottle by Brenda Crane

When She Comes Home by Sandra C Crook

Word Spittle by Julia Anderson

 

 

Long Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

 

A Stopover in Burden by Adena Graham

A Trip to Market by Susan Bennett

All those little things I hate about you by Anna Pitton

Annie is Sleeping by Sherri Turner

Big Al by Jamie Stacey

Choosing another Goodbye by Taria Karillion

Colouring in For the Middle aged Woman by Catherine Finch

Dorin's Stone by Maris Morton

Dragon's Den by Lesley A

Heavenly by Daniel L. Link

Hidden Treasure by Carole Richardson

I think, therefore by Peter Pitman

In the Orbit of Pluto by Kieran Marsh

Injunction by Dan Brotzel

James and Cayleigh by Helen J Reynolds

Just Like Achilles by Peter Burns

Losing Worlds by Tessa Byars

Moths by Caitlin Devlin

Pied a Terre by Lynne Voyce

Pink Chanel Suit by Valerie Purcell

Proper Love by Joan El Faghloumi

Remember the Rosebuds by Eva Sneddon

Second Chance by Robert Kibble

Sexy Pictures of Firemen by Rhonwen McCormack

Sign Here by Andrew Stiggers

The 13th Oyster and the 3rd Bottle by Philip Murray-Lawson

The Dream Maker by Lesley A

The End for Len by Richard Chalk

The Strongest Man in the World by Ashleigh Synnott

The Taste of Memory by Tristan Tavis Marajh

The Tunnel by Ken McBeath

The Turtle that Wasn't by Melanie Whipman

There's a Hope that Leaves me Never by Lesley A

Time in a Bottle by Brenda Crane

Undine by Melanie Whipman

When She Comes Home by Sandra C Crook

Word Spittle by Julia Anderson

Your Move by Mandy Wheeler