Text Box: Text Box: Winning Entries First Quarter 2019

First: Ring Pull by Hannah Persaud

Second: Hand-Delivered by Julia Anderson

Third: Momma by Rob McInroy

Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

Highly Commended: Needs Must by Anne Wilson

 

 

Judge’s Report for the first quarter’s competition 2019 from Kevlin Henney

We live in an era of recommendation algorithms. Our viewing, culinary and literary preferences are satisfied by more of what we already like, or more of what other people who like the same things as us like. This is automated, comfortable and hits the spot. Mostly. What has been optimised away is serendipity, the luck of dipping beyond your comfort zone, beyond the expected and known.

Writing competitions are, in this sense, anti-algorithmic. They zig where you might otherwise have zagged. They surprise you, showing you what else there is and might be. This has been one of the joys of judging this competition.

The shortlisted entries have taken me on journeys through points of view, tenses, genres and storytelling formats, all within 500 words. Journeys into the heart, journeys out the other side, journeys into death and beyond. Intense. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

And much as I want to share all of these journeys with you, even serendipity has constraints, and a selection must be made. Well done to everyone who made the shortlist, and congratulations to the winners.

 

1st: Ring Pull

This story touches the third rail of a grinding and understated but very real experience, displaying it in sharper relief through a surreal frame.

 

2nd: Hand-Delivered

The voice of this story is strong, perfectly revealing back story, humour and character with every self-deprecating paragraph.

 

3rd: Momma

A story with an edge that starts in simple, plain-spoken sentiment but cuts progressively deeper with each sawing sentence.

 

Highly Commended: Needs Must

A complete story told ingeniously and effectively through dialogue fragments, without ever hearing the voice of the protagonist, a kind of anti-first person narrative.

 

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 2019 — in alphabetical order

 

All in a Day’s Work by Cath Waterhouse

An Angel in the Road by Gaynor Jones

Elizabeth is Feeling… by Sandra Crook

Email to all Staff by Lorna Stewart

Grim Up North by Andy Walsh

Half-life by Jamie D Stacey

Hand-Delivered by Julia Anderson

I Have News of Your Career Plan and Mine by Shannon Savvas

Last, Best Hope in a Shade of Orange by Taria Karillion

Liberty, Equality and Sisterhood by Diana Armstrong

Momma by Rob McInroy

Mother’s Day by Dreena Collins

Needs Must by Anne Wilson

New York, New York by Lucy Goldring

Raging River by Sue Wise

Ring Pull by Hannah Persaud

Roget’s Meaning of Life by Sherri Turner

Spine Stiffened by Sharon Boyle

The Bridge on a Rainy Tuesday Night by Kathy Derrick

The Devil's Handiwork by Tania Kremer-Yeatman

The Extraordinary Coda of Rosemary Finn by Taria Karillion

The Price Exacted by Otters by Barbara Young

The Squirrel House is Not Full of Nuts by Sherry Morris

Three Minutes Forty Eight Seconds by Leonie Harrison

When I am Lost by Tin Stanton

 

Long Listed Entries for the First Quarter 2019 — in alphabetical order

 

A Tweet Too Far by Ann Dubaic

All in a Day’s Work by Cath Waterhouse

An Angel in the Road by Gaynor Jones

An Open Invitation by Kathy Derrick

Attonement by Julia Hartnett

Captain Club Milk by Conor Montague

Definitive Signs of a Couple in Love According to Andria’s copy of Modern Woman Magazine by Shannon Savvas

Disposal by Chipper Jones

Elizabeth is Feeling… by Sandra Crook

Email to all Staff by Lorna Stewart

Five Minutes More by Jane Broughton

Grim Up North by Andy Walsh

Half-life by Jamie D Stacey

Hand-Delivered by Julia Anderson

Heat by Taria Karillion

I Have News of Your Career Plan and Mine by Shannon Savvas

Joint Custody by Susan Eve Haar

Last, Best Hope in a Shade of Orange by Taria Karillion

Liberty, Equality and Sisterhood by Diana Armstrong

Looking for Nefertiti by Pamela Gough

Man by Jamie D Stacey

Masculinities by Adam Lock

Momma by Rob McInroy

Mommy Teatime by Monica Jimenez

Mother’s Day by Dreena Collins

Needs Must by Anne Wilson

New York, New York by Lucy Goldring

On One Condition by Stephen Lorriman

Orange World by PJ Stephenson

Raging River by Sue Wise

Ring Pull by Hannah Persaud

Roget’s Meaning of Life by Sherri Turner

She Looked at Me on the Tube Again Today by PJ Stephenson

Spine Stiffened by Sharon Boyle

TFW by Sherry Morris

The Bridge on a Rainy Tuesday Night by Kathy Derrick

The Devil's Handiwork by Tania Kremer-Yeatman

The Extraordinary Coda of Rosemary Finn by Taria Karillion

The Harvest by Joe Eurell

The Price Exacted by Otters by Barbara Young

The Squirrel House is Not Full of Nuts by Sherry Morris

The Tribute by Edwina Jones

There Ain't No Such Thing as Ghosts by R. V.Graves

Three Minutes Forty Eight Seconds by Leonie Harrison

When I am Lost by Tin Stanton