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