2016 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Results

The Results!


Firstly, thank you to everyone who entered our competition this year. With over 140 entries submitted, you’ve enabled us to donate over £160 to the Severn Hospice this year. But to the nitty-gritty: the winners. Congratulations go to:

First Prize – £200 – Douglas Bruton from the Borders for Mountains and Pebbles and Sand

Douglas Bruton finds stories in his pockets and he does not know who put them there. He takes them out and polishes them and then gifts them to passers by. Sometimes he sends them to competitions and magazines. He has been published in many nice places, including The Eildon Tree, Transmission, The Delinquent, Grasslimb Journal, The Blood Orange Review, The Vestal ReviewStoryglossia, Ranfurly Review, The Smoking Poet, Interpreter’s House, Flash Magazine, Brittle Star Magazine, The Irish Literary Review and Fiction Attic Press.

Second Prize – £100 – Carol Stone from Nottinghamshire for Yesterday’s Pastries

Yesterday’s Pastries” is Carol’s first competition win. Carol is currently sweating over an anthology of horror stories in between working as a learning disability nurse.

Third Prize – £50 – Jacqueline Cooper from West Yorkshire for Lasting Impression

Jacqui Cooper currently lives in Yorkshire with her husband, a cat and a snake. The cat, she wanted, the snake, well that’s another story. She has always written but didn’t always submit her stories – until a couple of years ago when she gave herself a good talking to. Since then she has been published in People’s Friend and Take a Break. She has won the Henshaw Press short story competition and been placed or short listed in various others, including runner up in the inaugural 2015 Ann Summers short story competition. She also has a story in the Romantic Novelists Association anthology, Truly Madly, Deeply.

Click on the titles to read the entries. All previous winners of our short story competition over the years can be found by following this link: https://wrekinwriters.wordpress.com/category/previous-doris-gooderson-competition-results-winners/

The longlisted entries were:

It’s What We Would Have Wanted


White Feather

The Bond

An old Man Fishing

Things they Say

Mountains and pebbles and sand


Lasting Impression

The Bees Knees

Urban nightmare


Amelia the frog goddess

If wishes were horses


Yesterday’s pastries

Paris,  side by side


Empty bed

Tillys account

White feathers and snow angel


Another pair of hands

Pretty in pink

A new app

Breaking the chains

Daisy’s decision

Light and time

And look out for the 2017 Doris Gooderson Short Story competition, being launched in the next few months.