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Read Our Winning Short Stories!

February 19th, 2016

ghost-blogWe’re finally ready to announce the winners of our 2015 Short Story Competition and our congratulations go to the following:

1st Prize – Anne Goodwin with ‘ A Daughter Your Age’

2nd Prize – Kim Fleet with ‘Unicorn Breath

3rd Prize – Catherine van Niekerk with ‘ Kierie-Kierie

4th Prize – Valerie Bowes with ‘An Awfully Big Adventure

They’re all terrific stories and I hope you’ll take a little time out to put your feet up, have a cup of coffee and enjoy them. You can read theme here and our judge, Iain Pattison’s, comments on Ann’s story is also available.

Now just glance at these four names again, and what do you notice? They’re all female!  And you can’t claim there’s any bias, because we use a male judge. So come on, chaps, let’s have a better performance in our next competition.

A couple of weeks ago we looked at tips on how to win a short story competition and I mentioned some of the things that I noticed about entries to our own competition. What I didn’t say was how many ghost stories we get – people really seem to enjoy writing them. So, for all of you out there who like penning a supernatural tale, how about trying your hand at The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition?  They say:

“Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story.

This year, our ghost story competition has a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.”

The closing date is Thursday, 31st March, 2016. Entry costs £8, and stories should be submitted through the form on their website.  Each year they produce an anthology of the winners and the competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk. It’s worth noting, too, that you can sign up to receive the Fiction Desk newsletter which will keep you updated with other projects and competitions that are going on.

And finally, whether you are a Guardian reader of not (and let’s be honest, the Guardian and the Daily Mail are newspapers that tend to evoke strong reactions – you either love them, hate them or mock them) I’d strongly recommend a weekly dose of their books section. Anyone who enjoys reading reviews and interesting articles on books should find something intelligent to keep them happy.

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