Category Archives: Lists & Winners

January 2020 – Long List

It’s been the longest period of time that we’ve taken to announce our long list this quarter – due to the increasing number of quality entries we’ve received from all around the world. The judges have enjoyed reading all qualifying entries, and we’re delighted to publish our long list below.

However – We’re still receiving some entries that do not adhere to our rules, and therefore have had to be disqualifed. If you’re entering the competition, please read all the terms of entry very carefully, to ensure your story is in with the best chance of being considered.

Our competition is featured in this month’s Writing Magazine Competition Guide, which is expected to reach 30,000 subscribers, so we’re expecting a further considerable increase in the number of future entries. So make sure yours has the best chance of being considered by sticking to the rules.

Even if you’ve entered our competition before, go back and check the rules again. Make sure you’ve got everything right – not just the word count, but the layout and document title requirements too. Make sure youre document has a covering page, containing all the informatio we need.

It’s all there in the rules – make sure you read them thoroughly.

In the meantime, we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the January 2020 competition:

Joe Bedford
Susan Conrad
Richard Garcka (for 2 stories)
Connor Gherasim
James Harvey

Phillipa Hawley
Richard Hooton (for 2 stories)
Sherry Morris  (for 2 stories)
Lauren O’Donoghue
Nicki Parkins
Ruth Saunderson

Michele Seagrove
Gary Smillie
Barbara Young
Jack Young

Congratulations to you all!

We now have the dauntning task of whittling down your great stories to a short list, before chosing first, second and third places. The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 13th March.

October 2019 – Shortlist and winners

The biggest crop of entries we’ve had so far for this quarter’s competition, which has made the job of choosing the three placed stories more difficult than ever. After much deliberation over the longlist, though, they have now been selected. Congratulations to:

1st: Andy BanksSurface Tension

2nd: Claire WilsonWhen Death Calls

3rd: Gwenda MajorSpitting Image

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it onto the shortlist:

James Harvey; Matt Oliver; Tony Oswick; J D Revitt; Liane Smith; Barbara Young.

Our next competition is now open: maximum 1500 words, any theme/genre, deadline January 31st. We look forward to reading your entries.

October 2019 – Long List

We received our biggest crop of short story entries yet for the October round of our competition, and we’ve really had our work cut out to select the ones going through to te next stage.

(We’re still receiving some entries, though, that do not adhere to our rules of entry, and therefore have had to be disqualifed. If you’re entering the competition in future, please read all the terms of entry very carefully, to ensure your story is in with the best chance of being considered.)

We’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the October 2019 competition:

Arabella Arnott
Andrew Banks
Dianne Bown-Wilson
Eve Davies
Jane Devoy

James Harvey
Fenja Hill
Jason Jackson
AJ Key
Gwenda Major
Nina Milton

Matt Oliver
Tony Oswick
Peter Pitman
Steve Redshaw
Joan Revitt
Lianne Smith
Claire Wilson
Barbara Young

Congratulations to you all!

We now have the dauntning task of whittling down your great stories to a short list, before chosing first, second and third places. The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 12th December.

July 2019 – Shortlist and winners

Our quarterly short story competition is clearly growing in popularity, with even more entries this time round than for our first. Once again, the judges thoroughly enjoyed reading the entries we received, and the job of chosing our placed stories was even more difficult. After much deliberation over the longlist, the three placed stories have been decided. Congratulations to:

1st: Joanne LeonardBrenda Has The Patience To Endure It

2nd: Michele SeagroveHypogeal

3rd: Sonia TrickeyReduce Reuse Recycle

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it onto the shortlist:

Jeremy Green; John Holland; Bruno Menard; Matt Oliver; Tony Oswick; Melanie Ross; PJ Stephenson.

Our next competition is now open: maximum 1500 words, any theme/genre, deadline October 31st. We look forward to reading your entries.

July 2019 – Long List

Another great response to our most recent short story competition, with some excellent stories spanning all sorts of different genres.

The first round of judging has taken place, and we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the July 2019 competition:

Jeremy Green
James Harvey
John Holland
Lynda Kirby
Joanne Leonard
Fraser Lucas
David Marshall
Bruno Menard
Matt Oliver
Tony Oswick
Sean Phoenix
Alan Reed
Melanie Ross
Ruth Saunderson
JP Seabright
Michele Seagrove
Daniel Staniforth
Peter Stephenson
Sonia Trickey
Barbara Young

Congratulations to you all!

We now have the dauntning task of whittling down your great stories to a short list, before chosing first, second and third places. The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 11th September.

April 2019 – Shortlist and winners

Our first short story competition attracted a large amount of interest, and the judges thoroughly enjoyed reading the entries we received. After much deliberation over the longlist, the three placed stories have been decided. Congratulations to:

1st: Barbara YoungHorse Trading

2nd: Alyson HilbourneA Black and White Summer

3rd: Jason JacksonNothing But Ashes

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done also to the following writers who made it onto the shortlist:

Sue Hoffman; Matt Oliver; John Riglin; Betty Weiner; Jack Young.

Our next competition is now open: maximum 1500 words, any theme/genre, deadline July 31st. We look forward to reading your entries.

April 2019 – Long List

We had a fantastic response to our first short story competition, with some excellent stories spanning all sorts of different genres.

The first round of judging has taken place, and we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the April 2019 competition:

Barbara Billington
Judy Birkbeck
Daniel Brotzel
John Bunting
Spencer Chou
Chris Cottom
Steve Deighan
Catherine Edmunds
Judy Goodswen
Alyson Hilbourne
Rachel Hill
Susan Hoffman
John Holland
Jason Jackson
Thomas Jameson
Matt Oliver
Penny Rickman
John Riglin
Ruth Saunderson
Enda Francis Scott
Jake Stimmel
Robert Thurber
Betty Weiner
Barbara Young
Jack Young

Congratulations to you all!

We now have the dauntning task of whittling your great stories down to a short list, before chosing first, second and third places. The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 11th June.

Didn’t make the long list?  That may not have been because of the quality of your story… Sadly, some of the entries we received had to be disqualified due to them not adhering to one or more of the competition rules of entry. If you’re entering a story again in future competitions – and we hope you do – please make sure you read and follow all the rules carefully.