Text Box: Text Box: Winning Entries First Quarter 2016

First: Preston by Kate Jones

Second: The Golden Ticket by D.R.D.Bruton

Third: Father Turtle-eater by Sally Lane

Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

Highly Commended: Tying the Knot by Mary Bevan

 

Judge’s Report for the first quarter’s competition 2016 from Barbara Scott-Emmett

 

Well, what a ride this has been. Twenty-five wonderful stories to read and a very difficult decision to make. All the shortlisted stories were exceptional in one way or another and to those writers who didn’t make the top three, all I can say is, keep submitting to competitions – another judge may have chosen different stories. 

A word of advice, though: Do please check for typos and spelling mistakes etc. I know how easy it is for these to slip through, so be extra vigilant. In a choice between two equally good stories, the one that has been carelessly edited is likely to be put aside.

Of those that didn’t make the final cut these stories stood out for me, in no particular order: Song of the Siren is an experimental piece in which the writing swoops and swirls and language is as fluid as the element the mermaids inhabit;  Shadows at the Gallows is an historical piece, both amusing and ghoulish; and Somniloquy, though quite short, has a most spinechilling last line.

So, congratulations to the winners for standing out in such wonderful line-up, and thank you to all the shortlisted writers for providing me with such excellent reading matter. Just to get this far is a great achievement. Keep the stories coming and never give up.

 

1st: Preston

Preston starts off fairly innocently and leads the unsuspecting reader to an explosive conclusion. The ending both surprised and amused me, and the little throwaway details about tv programmes, biscuits and dentistry gave it an ordinariness which turned out to be quite misplaced.  I liked Preston – both the man and the story – from the very start.

 

2nd: The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket struck me immediately because of its style. The writing is colloquial and entertaining in its own right. The story is unusual, amusing and ultimatelly thought-provoking. I don’t think I would have fallen for the scam but, goodness me, suppose it was true?

 

3rd: Father Turtle-eater

I chose Father Turtle-eater also for its style and unusual storyline. Again, the style is relaxed and the tale is told in the vernacular. A lot is packed in to this little slice of life and the insights into the personalities of the characters is given with great economy.

 

Highly Commended: Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot features the brilliant idea of getting murderous ideas from a book on scarf-tying. Be very wary of anyone wanting to try out the Nolita Necklace on you! 

 

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

 

Short Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

 

A Fresh Bouquet by Emily Crowther

A Kind of Kidnapping by Vanessa Savage

A Life Lived In Colour by Vanessa Savage

A Thousand Missing People by Mandy Huggins

Butterfly Net by Chris Stanley

Father Turtle-eater by Sally Lane

Her Haunting Air by Bryan Thomas

Ice Cream by Sherri Turner

It was impossible for my father to... by Jamie D Stacey

Meeting Sally by Steve Startup

Nadia by Duncan Drury

One Card for You, One Card for Crystal by M. J. Appleby

Polaroid by Lucia Damacela

Preston by Kate Jones

Pretty In Pink by Alison Wassell

Safe House by Susan Howe

Shadows at the Gallows by Barry Charman

She’s Gone by Kathy Bevans

Somniloquy by Steven Holding

Song of the Siren by Bryan Thomas

Stephanie’s Epiphany by Sandra Crook

The Golden Ticket by D.R.D. Bruton

The Lonely Heart is a Vulnerable Heart by Kim French

Tying the Knot by Mary Bevan

Where the Lilacs Bow by Susan Miller

 

Long Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

 

A Fresh Bouquet by Emily Crowther

A Kind of Kidnapping by Vanessa Savage

A Life Lived In Colour by Vanessa Savage

A Return Journey by Tony Beet

A Thousand Missing People by Mandy Huggins

And Counting by Lynda Green

Aubergines by David G. Gibson

Back Then by Emily Sharma

Butterfly Net by Chris Stanley

Faces by Adam Brown

Father Turtle-eater by Sally Lane

Fire and Ice-Cream by Kim French

Fired Earth by Sylvia Fairley

Fulgurant by Charles Prelle

Her Haunting Air by Bryan Thomas

Herondipity by Richard Buxton

Ice Cream by Sherri Turner

It was impossible for my father to... by Jamie D Stacey

Keeping Secrets by Lesley A

Marked Man by Sarah Houghton

May Day by Jude Higgins

Meeting Sally by Steve Startup

Mentioning the Unmentionables by Sharon Boyle

Nadia by Duncan Drury

One Card for You, One Card for Crystal by M. J. Appleby

Plimsolls by Richard Salsbury

Polaroid by Lucia Damacela

Preston by Kate Jones

Pretty In Pink by Alison Wassell

Rebel! Rebel! by Mair De-Gare Pitt

Role Play by Joe Murphy

Safe House by Susan Howe

Shadows at the Gallows by Barry Charman

She’s Gone by Kathy Bevans

Somniloquy by Steven Holding

Song of the Siren by Bryan Thomas

Stephanie’s Epiphany by Sandra Crook

Tears in the Sky by Jamie D Stacey

The Evening of the Second Pint by Michael Bloor

The Golden Ticket by D.R.D. Bruton

The King of Clichés by Charles Knightley

The Lonely Heart is a Vulnerable Heart by Kim French

The Mountain Cherry Tree Corps by Mandy Huggins

The Old Man by Charles Prelle

The School Play by Rachel Wollaston

Thirst by Hannah Persaud

Trollied Dolly by Sharon Boyle

Tying the Knot by Mary Bevan

Una by Jess Kermode

Where the Lilacs Bow by Susan Miller