Text Box: Text Box: Winning Entries First Quarter 2018

First: Winter Spider by Jude Higgins

Second: #MeToo by Vivien Foulkes-James

Third: Who Lost Little Bear? by Julia Paillier

Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

Highly Commended: I Knew Why I Did Not Like Dr Fell by Sharon Boyle

 

Judge’s Report for the first quarter’s competition 2018 from Alice Castle

Before judging this competition, I had no idea what worlds could be encompassed in only five hundred words. All of these short-listed stories are very good; some are as delicious, self-contained and heavy with substance as perfect little raindrops.

Every genre is represented here, from science fiction to psychological via historical, and then back again with a switchback twist. I found myself gripped by tales of all types, but in the end it was the ones that stayed with me long after I’d read them that got my top marks.

Many novels take far more than a half-century-worth of words to set out their stalls. I can’t help thinking of Bleak House, and the beautiful,, baroque opening that welcomes us into the claustrophobia that is Jarndyce versus Jarndyce. If you can write 500 words and make a beginning, middle and end that are memorable and truly resonant, then that is a feat indeed.

Well done to everyone who was shortlisted and many congratulations to the following winners.

 

1st: Winter Spider

Sometimes you don’t know quite why a story beguiles you, you just know you’d happily read anything from this pen. That’s the case with Winter Spider. There’s a lot in this slip of a story but it’s the words unsaid – the mood, frail as a spider’s web – that stays with you.

 

2nd: #MeToo

I loved this evocation of, and clever spin on, a favourite work. The original is often hailed as one of the first proto-feminist novels – this is an update with a vengeance.

 

3rd: Who Lost Little Bear?

This was a forensic dissection of a relationship under strain. The pain of a petty triumph can so much harder to bear than a defeat.

 

Highly Commended: I Knew Why I Did Not Like Dr Fell

A cunningly evocative story which was not only complete in itself, but also tantalised with the prospect of a sequel.

 

We regularly receive several hundred entries each quarter, so those making the long and short lists should feel very proud.

 

Short Listed Entries for the First Quarter 20168— in alphabetical order

 

#MeToo by Vivien Foulkes-James

1200 Thread Count by Dianne Bown-Wilson

Audit in Orange by Taria Karillion

Care in the Community by Keith Morley

Delicate Pearls by Peter Burns

Democracy by Duncan Perkinson

Even in Eden by Lilian Kent

Eyes like a Tiger’s by Vanessa Couchman

Facebook Friends by Diane Simmons

For Better, For Worse by Sue Howe

Heat by Taria Karillion

How to Navigate Around a Boulder by Alison Woodhouse

I Knew Why I Did Not Like Doctor Fell by Sharon Boyle

Invisible by Anna Mitchener

Mummy's Boy by Adam Lock

Over It by Diane Simmons

Perfect Wedding Anniversary by Angela Freeland

Red Brick by Emma J Myatt

Rejection by Ann Morgan

Table for Three by K. R. W. Treanor

The Angle of the Jangle Moves Me like a Movie by Steven Holding

The First Rule of Marriage by Rob McInroy

The Party by Laura Tapper

Who Lost Little Bear? by Julia Paillier

Winter Spider by Jude Higgins

 

 

Long Listed Entries for the First Quarter 2018 — in alphabetical order

 

#MeToo by Vivien Foulkes-James

1200 Thread Count by Dianne Bown-Wilson

27th January 1995 by Lindsay Bamfield

A Place to Be Touched by Gaynor Jones

Audit in Orange by Taria Karillion

Care in the Community by Keith Morley

Celebsta Mates by Susan Carey

Competent Incompetence by Belinda Doveston

Continental Film by John King

Dear Lucy by Linda Ford

Delicate Pearls by Peter Burns

Democracy by Duncan Perkinson

Even in Eden by Lilian Kent

Eyes like a Tiger’s by Vanessa Couchman

Facebook Friends by Diane Simmons

For Better, For Worse by Sue Howe

Heat by Taria Karillion

Homebird by Laura Tapper

How to Navigate Around a Boulder by Alison Woodhouse

I Knew Why I Did Not Like Doctor Fell by Sharon Boyle

Invisible by Anna Mitchener

Mummy's Boy by Adam Lock

No End of Grief by Phil Hudson

Over It by Diane Simmons

Perfect Wedding Anniversary by Angela Freeland

Planet Earth Is Closing, Please Make Your Final Choices by Taria Karillion

Red Brick by Emma J Myatt

Rejection by Ann Morgan

Sunrise Sunset by Gillian Brown

Table for Three by K. R. W. Treanor

The Angle of the Jangle Moves Me like a Movie by Steven Holding

The Black Dog by Alex Morrison

The Confectioner’s Tale by Martin Dawes

The Decision by Jackie Thomas

The First Rule of Marriage by Rob McInroy

The Harvest by Renee Anderson

The Last Valentine by Jane Broughton

The Party by Laura Tapper

The Short, Dazzling Career of Spencer Hannigan by Adam Sear

The View by Lotte van der Krol

They Called Him the Lizard by Lynn Florkiewicz

Unable to Tell by Catherine Tester

What the Bear Knew by Brooke Hardwick

Who Lost Little Bear? by Julia Paillier

Winter Spider by Jude Higgins