Text Box:    Short Story Results 2016

First: Triangles by Sandra Crook

Second: Rosemary’s Baby by Sandra Crook

Third: Neighbourhood Watch by Vanessa Savage

Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

 

Judge’s Report for the short story competition 2015/16 from Sue Moorcroft

 

When I’m asked to judge a competition I’m always looking for ‘story’. That might seem an odd remark about a story competition, but what I mean is that I don’t find lyrical writing or pithy one-liners enough. I like structure, something that gives me food for thought and has a point to make. In the shortlist provided to me I found plenty of fab stories to choose from.

 

1st: Triangles

The winner, Triangles, is everything I like best in a story. There’s emotion, poignancy, real characters, a point, and a good rounded ending. The narrator has a consistent voice and I’m on her side from the beginning. It’s an interesting approach for the writer to take that the little sister is wiser than the big sister and I feel this takes a particular empathy as well as an eye for telling details. I wanted to give Mum a bit of a shake at the end of the story!

 

2nd: Rosemary’s Baby

The second-placed story, Rosemary’s Baby, grabs me with its interesting storyline that builds slowly via dawning horror and enough twists to keep me interested to the last word. I feel satisfied that Rosemary’s likely to be brought to justice but sad for poor little Emma, who might lose the only mum she’s known. This story develops in a way I hadn’t expected and I always enjoy a writer who can take me up a road less travelled.

 

3rd: Neighbourhood Watch

I placed Neighbourhood Watch third partly for the writer’s absolutely fabulous touch with dialogue, demonstrating how even ‘ping-pong’ dialogue can be handled so well that the reader is never lost. I also enjoy the way the writer challenges my sympathies and perceptions and draws me into looking at the situation from both sides. The ending’s deliberately ambiguous but there’s enough material there for me not to feel cheated.

 

Short Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

 

Brad Pitt in the movie Thelma and Louise by Chris Connolly

Exchange Rate by C L Raven

Neighbourhood Watch by Vanessa Savage

Rosemary's Baby by Sandra Crook

The Coachman by Gregor McClenaghan

The Party by Vanessa Savage

The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us by Chris Connolly

Triangles by Sandra Crook

Where's Muriel? by Elizabeth Mary Tyrrell

White Violets by Maris Morton

 

Long Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

 

A Curious Occurrence at Parsonstown Castle August 1869 by Kieran Marsh

A Silence in Our Rage by Jamie D Stacey

Brad Pitt in the movie Thelma and Louise by Chris Connolly

Call of the Kazer by Natalie Pearson

Colin’s Party by Dianne Bown-Wilson

Cupping Water by Jack Masters

Dawn Chorus by Brindley Hallam Dennis

Dead Artists Materials by James Woodard

Exchange Rate by C L Raven

Flesh and Ashes by Elizabeth Willcox

Marching On by Bud Craig

Mermaids by Catherine Edmunds

Neighbourhood Watch by Vanessa Savage

On Your Mother's Word of Warning by Clayton Lister

Paid in Full by Catherine finch

Rosemary's Baby by Sandra Crook

Tani-san at the End of the Earth by Andrew Hibbert

The Coachman by Gregor McClenaghan

The Colour of Lava by Natalie Pearson

The Empress of Poland by Kaori Crawford

The Fox by Hannah Persaud

The Party by Vanessa Savage

The Scottish Play by Bud Craig

The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us by Chris Connolly

These Were the Frequently Asked Questions by Mandy Wheeler

Too Quiet for Tani-san by Andrew Hibbert

Triangles by Sandra Crook

Where's Muriel? by Elizabeth Mary Tyrrell

While the Mynah Bird Watched by Chloe Turner

White Violets by Maris Morton