Friday, 9 May 2014

March winners named

Judge Fiona Cooper has selected her winners for the March Global Short Story Competition and writers from Wales and England have taken the honours.

The £100 first place prize goes to Minute by Simon Mapp, of Wrexham, Wales, of which Fiona says: “This story grabbed me on first reading and stayed with me. It is haunting and quirky and the style absolutely reflects the content. It is hard to convey shock in a story and this writer goes beyond many in expressing the numbness after a tragedy coming completely out of the blue. Wonderful.”

Our highly commended £25 runner up is Alex Reece Abbott, of York, England, for Scratching the Matchbox, of which Fiona says: “The imagery and emotion in this story run parallel, along the wildfire uncertainty of old age and love ripped apart by illness but managing to hang in there. The title is superb and apt, and this writer has managed to make the reader feel the helplessness of the situation while retaining a wonderfully dignified hope. Well done.”
The writers on the shortlist are:

Joao Cerqueria, Viana do Castelo, Minho, Portugal

Andy Charman, Woking, Surrey, England

Lynne King, Haywards Heath, England

Wayne Kelly

James McPherson, Glasgow, Scotland
Winning stories will be posted on Well done to our successful writers. You can enter the May competition at the same address.

John Dean

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