Bridgend Writers’ Circle

Short Story Open Competition 2017 Winners Page

First Prize

Acting Abby

Angela Graham


Second Prize

Beneath the Table

Linda Jones


Third Prize

Market Day

Valerie Thompson

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Runners Up

Rosie's Return

Wendy Harkness


Rising Tide

Mike Watson


Only a Doll

Patricia Dowling


Bring us Home

Ellen Evers


Also Shortlisted

In a River of Clouds

Mike Watson


Janey Lynch

Helen Hughes


The Tenderness of Stone

Helen Hughes


Tory Lord

Judith Gronow

Church Village

Welsh Gold

Andy Foster-John


The Joy of Fishing

Valerie Hoare


The Boy in the Wheelchair

Dr McCormick


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The Entries

The competition attracted 115 entries from a variety of places across England, Scotland and Wales.

The entry titles were associated with a number, so that members of the shortlist committee were unaware of the story authors. Actual names of story authors were kept separately.

The Judging Process

After an adjudication by the committee, a shortlist of 14 stories were selected and sent on to the judge: Laura Foakes.

When the judge’s decisions were provided to the committee, they then proceeded to identify the winners and runners up.

The Shortlist Committee enjoyed the whole process of reading and comparing the stories. And it is in this light that we congratulate all of the submitting authors on providing such a high standard of stories to us. Selection was not an easy task.

Judge, Laura Foakes, said: “What a joy to read the shortlisted and very diverse stories. All had much to recommend them, and it is heart-warming, in this ever-changing, high-tech age, to see that creative writing has lost none of its passion and allure.”

Bridgend Writers’ Circle was very encouraged by the number of entries and the extent of their provenance.

A presentation evening will be held at Carnegie House on 6th July 2017

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