Well this has been an exciting month for the People’s Prize vote! All the way through there were just a couple of votes in it and the story in the top spot kept changing all the time. The final winner was almost in our Top 2 as well – maybe one day we’ll all choose the same story!
Well done to everyone who was shortlisted. Fab stories and unique takes on the theme.
- A Pine Regrets by E.E. Rhodes
- Diary of an Indignant Nine-Year Old by Suzanne Bajor
- Her Five Layers, Whittled by James Montgomery
- His DNA in the Dust by Dettra Rose
- Hold the Sword Aloft to get into Character by Alexis Wolfe
- If You’re Trying This Hard to Salvage Your Marriage Should You Call It a Crusade? by Fiona McKay
- In Which My Botanist Father Becomes A Tree by Jo Withers
- Prayer to Maria Goretti, patron saint of inmates and rape victims by Cheryl Markosky
- Sanctuary by Anne Soilleux
- That’s What You Get by Kathryn Crowley
First Prize Winner: Sanctuary by Anne Soilleux
Why we chose it: We love the rhythm, the understated description that invokes such a vivid picture of the characters of this unhappily married couple, and the ending is so moving.
Second Prize Winner: If You’re Trying This Hard to Salvage Your Marriage Should You Call It a Crusade? by Fiona McKay
Why we chose it: Great response to the image and both sorrow and despair are so delicately conveyed via the action and the last line is beautiful. Fab title too!
People’s Prize Winner: His DNA in the Dust by Dettra Rose
We loved this one too for the way it transports you through the senses and the sense of complete story in so few words.
Many congratulations Anne, Fiona and Dettra!
Anne wins £120 for first prize and Fiona wins £80 for second prize.
This month’s People’s Prize for Dettra is editorial feedback on 2,000 words of flash fictions, a short story, or a novel extract.