The competition attracted 42 entries, from a variety of places across England & Wales:
7 writers from the Bridgend area took part, nine from various places in Wales and a further 26 from England and Scotland.
There was a high standard and variety of stories.
The Readers enjoyed reading all your stories.
Congratulations to all the participants and especially the winners. Keep writing and do keep in touch with our website for future competitions
THE JUDGING PROCESS
This was anonymous from the start to the end.
The administration was carried out anonymously for us
The list of names was hidden from the readers and the judge until the end of the process.
A long list of was drawn from a first reading, and a short-list of 6 was arrived at by consensus.
The 6 stories were then sent to our official judge, Jo Derrick.
Jo’s verdict came within a few days.
On providing us with her judgment, Jo Derrick commented:
I really enjoyed judging the final six stories in the competition. I chose my top three, because those stories best reflected the theme ‘Our Street’. I found it particularly difficult to choose between the top two stories. Did I go with brilliant characterisation and compelling story-telling or did I go for the story with lots of layers and stunning use of language? I opted for the former. It also had a particularly good twist and message. All six stories on the shortlist managed to recreate a wonderful sense of community spirit and gave this reader food for thought. Well done, everyone!