6. Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

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Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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First: Playing by the Rules by Barbara Young, Otterburn, Northumberland.

Barbara Young is originally from Newcastle, now living in
the wild heart of Northumberland where she enjoys spending time wandering the fells
with her two Border Collies and her horse. She started writing five years ago,
after retiring from both Social Services and small-scale organic farming. She
enjoys writing in different genres and her short stories and flash have found
success in a number of competitions including Writers Forum, Writing
Magazine, Scribble,
Grindstone and Cranked Anvil.

Second: Letting Go by Sam Szanto, Twickenham, Middlesex

Sam Szanto was born in Eastbourne and now lives in Twickenham with her husband, two young children and tabby cat. She has worked in numerous professional capacities, from ice-cream kiosk attendant to marketing officer for a national blind charity, and is now a freelance proofreader and copy-editor. In 2009, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. As well as short stories, she also writes poetry and her work has been published online and in print, including in the forthcoming Grist anthology Strife. Her poem ‘Night-light’ won first prize in the First Writers International Poetry Competition and has been used by the National Childbirth Trust to provide a view of new parenthood.

Third: The Ladies by Vanessa Horn, Havant, Hampshire

Vanessa Horn is a junior school teacher from Havant, who began writing in 2013. She has had many short stories placed in competitions and published in book anthologies. Her collection of short stories – Eclectic Moments – was published in 2015 – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eclectic-Moments-Vanessa-J-Horn/dp/1909894273/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=eclectic+moments+by+Vanessa+Horn&qid=1570001396&s=books&sr=1-1. She has a compilation of flash fiction stories – as yet untitled – due to be published next year. Her first picture book – ‘Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’ – will be published January 16th 2020 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waaaaaa-Vanessa-Horn/dp/1910265780/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Waaa+by+Vanessa+Horn&qid=1570001140&s=books&sr=1-1


2019 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition – The Shortlisted Entries

The following entries made it to the judges’ shortlist:

The Back Window
Recently Deceased
The Ladies
The Pieces
Playing by the Rules
Blurred Headlines
Letting Go
Breakfast with Antony Gormley
Flagship Policy
Can We Have Our Ball Back?
Full Moon in Alaska
Red Shoes and Afternoon Espresso
Returning the Call
At the Beach
Not Exactly Mr Darcy
Twenty four seven, three six five
The Bad Girls’ Home
Screen Stories
Sun Dance for a Friend
Off Course


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