2014 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Results and Longlist

(Profits from the competition go to the Severn Hospice.)

Severn Hospice logo with charity number (2)

We’re delighted to announce the results of the 2014 competition. The winning stories and writers are as follows:


FIRST = The Charity Boutique by James Whitman, Sunderland.

SECOND = Letter From Portsmouth by Jim Waite, Perth, Scotland.

THIRD = When Gloria Was Here by Kathryn Clark, Stroud.

Click here to read the winning short stories.

Winners have been notified.

The following stories only just missed out on making the top three – it was a tough decision between the judges, which is why the announcement has been made so close to our own deadline – so congratulations also need to go to:


The Breadstick by Rebecca Reader, New Zealand,

Swan Sculpting by Kathryn Martin, Cambridge

Windmill Hall by Christine Griffin, Gloucestershire


There were over 180 entries this year, from all over the world, including New Zealand, Greece, The Netherlands, Japan, India, USA, and France.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year.

The winning stories will be added to the website in due course.


The entries that made it all the way through to the (long) shortlist in the 2014 competition were:

At The Bottom Of The Deep Green Sea With You by Karen Gardner, Leamington Spa

At The End Of The Garden by Joshua Lambert, Kent.

Battersea by Marcia Woolf, Hastings

Bomb the Desks by Pat Black, Bradford

Emily’s Shadow by Sue Hoffman, Wirral

Florian by Lynne Voyce, Smethick

Fond of Foxgloves by Janet Thurlow, Wiltshire

For Mike by Goeff Aird, Edinburgh

For the Best by Mary Mitchell, Nottingham

Grumpy Grandpa by Sarah Lovett, Lowestoft

Handmade by Josie Turner, Hitchin

I Didn’t Go Back by Roland Twynham, Codsall

Jam by Barbar Chapman, Bridgnorth

Jolly Holidays by Elisabeth Baxter, Devon

Kissing him Goodbye by Glenda Cooper, London

Like Mother like Daughter by Jo Roberts, Coventry

Me and DG by Anne Wilson, Northumberland

Men Like Us by Robin Ganderton, Cwmbran

Mrs T’s Treasure Trove by Ann Braine, Walton on Thames

Never too Late by Pamela Pattison

Playing with Fire by Gillian Brown, France

Reflections by Anne-Marie Carlile, Hampshire

Saying Goodbye by Linda Fuller, London

Secateurs at Midnight by Ruth Hardy, Malton

The Art Class by Pamela Trudie Hodge, Plymouth

The Black Prince by Liz Kershaw, Whitbourne

The Caller and the Light: Darkness in the Morning by Matthew Godbey, USA

The Gift by Anne Wilson, Northumberland

The Green Man by Sue Hoffman, Wirral

The Last Dance by Alison Wassell, Merseyside

The School of the Night by Mia Funk, France

The Strip by Belinda Whitehead, London