Text Box: Text Box: Winning Entries Fourth Quarter 2018

First: The Green Dress by Alison Woodhouse

Second: Someplace Else by Amanda Huggins

Third: I Have No Words for What This Is by Adam Trodd

Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

Highly Commended: Hero by Wendy Turner

 

 

Judge’s Report for the fourth quarter’s competition 2018 from Louise Phillips

The standard of the final twenty-five stories on the shortlist was quite outstanding. Some made me laugh, others made me cry, and others portrayed a unique and fresh approach to attracting the reader in.

The themes were varied, but many centred on loss, isolation, humour, raw emotion, childhood, and the flicker of light in the dark.

Ultimately, all the writers on the longlist are winners, and I wish them the very best in their writing journey. 

 

1st: The Green Dress

This emotional story tugged at my heart long after I finished reading it. It is a story of love between two sisters, of loss, memory, and the anguish of growing up, turning from child to adult, adult to parent, but never losing sight of the central core that set us on our way in life, and how, like this story, it too can resonate despite the fullness of time.

 

2nd: Someplace Else

An intimate story within a recall of childhood memory, about a place that became so much more than the sum of its parts. It reminded me how ill-equipped we can be as adults to recognise what is really important to a child, and how the mundane too, can hold a magic. A beautiful, poignant piece.

 

3rd: I Have No Words for What This Is

This story explores a darkness many of us understand. It is raw, touching, and it makes the reader want to reach into the narrator, and tell them to hold tight. The emotion and the magic in this piece of prose is found in the minuteness, in the ordinary, in the sparse use of words and phraseology, while all the time bringing the reader further in, until we too, feel the pain.  

 

Highly Commended: Hero

We are often perceived differently by other people, friends, work colleagues, loved ones. At the core of these varied perceptions is the real person, who as individuals we can struggle to find. This story explores a certain truth within the many personas we each portray, but it also has a lightness and humour within the dark, one borne out of love from a mother to her son. 

 

We regularly receive several hundred entries each quarter, so those making the long and short lists should feel very proud.

 

Short Listed Entries for the Fourth Quarter 2018 — in alphabetical order

 

An A-Z of Cars v Walls by Rhoda Cameron

Athene Cunicularia by Shannon Savvas

Bees by Sarah Smith

Don't Look Back by Emily Sharma

Fatal Flaw by Louise Mangos

For the Cause by Barbara Young

Fresh Air by Rik Lonsdale

Half-life by Jamie D Stacey

Hero

I Have No Word for What This Is by Adam Trodd

Independence by Anna Hayward

Knickers by Shannon Savvas

Late Night by Deborah Carey

Misplaced Person by Jude Hayland

Ms Havisham's Enhanced Expectations by Sharon Boyle

Notes to Self on New Year's Resolutions by Taria Karillion

Paper Boats by Claire Jenkins

So Safe by Michelle Thatcher

Someplace Else by Amanda Huggins

The Extraordinary Coda of Rosemary Finn by Taria Karillion

The Final Cut by Anna Mitchener

The Green Dress by Alison Woodhouse

Time to Spring Clean by Kathryn Ratzko

Wallface by Sherri Turner

Without a Second Thought by Sandra Crook

Words with the Dead by Adam Lock

 

Long Listed Entries for the Fourth Quarter 2018 — in alphabetical order

 

An A-Z of Cars v Walls by Rhoda Cameron

Athene Cunicularia by Shannon Savvas

Bees by Sarah Smith

Chesterfield by Pat Pickavance

Don't Look Back by Emily Sharma

Down Under by Emily Sharma

Fatal Flaw by Louise Mangos

Fight Night by Barbara Young

For the Cause by Barbara Young

Fresh Air by Rik Lonsdale

Half-life by Jamie D Stacey

Hands by Gillian Brown

Heat by Taria Karillion

Hero by Wendy Turner

I Have No Word for What This Is by Adam Trodd

Independence by Anna Hayward

Inside Out by Jamie D Stacey

Knickers by Shannon Savvas

Last Night by Simon Hayley

Late Night by Deborah Carey

Memories of a WWI Soldier by R Kendall

Misplaced Person by Jude Hayland

Ms Havisham's Enhanced Expectations by Sharon Boyle

Notes to Self on New Year's Resolutions by Taria Karillion

Odysseus Remembered by Ed Higgins

Paper Boats by Claire Jenkins

Paper Chase by Matthew Shepherd

Peaches by Michael Gigandet

Planet Earth Will Soon Be Closing, Please Make Your Final Choices by Taria Karillion

Sea Reek by Sharon Boyle

Seven for a Secret, Never to be Told by Julie FitzGerald

Sidelined by Marissa Hoffmann

So Safe by Michelle Thatcher

Someplace Else by Amanda Huggins

The Extraordinary Coda of Rosemary Finn by Taria Karillion

The Final Cut by Anna Mitchener

The Green Dress by Alison Woodhouse

The School Run by Keith Stevens

The Trouble with Henry by Dominic Bell

Time to Spring Clean by Kathryn Ratzko

Two Weeks after the World Ended by Caroline Butterwick

Wallface by Sherri Turner

Without a Second Thought by Sandra Crook

Words with the Dead by Adam Lock