Thanks again to everyone who entered the competition. This has been such a hard choice to make. I’ve spent days re-reading the shortlist and thinking about the stories while out walking. I really wish there was enough space at the house to give everyone a place – but there isn’t and I also couldn’t afford to!
So, after much pondering, I am delighted to announce that the winner of the competition to win a place at the Short Story Retreat with Paul McVeigh is…
Last Judgement by Rose McGinty
What really made this story stand out as the winner was the completely original take on the prompt, and the grand scale of the world we are presented with in such a small piece. The narrator’s voice is strong from the very first line and although it is a dystopian vision of our world, it feels like we’re not too far from it being very real and it shines a light on our social issues without ever seeming preachy.Read It
Well done and congratulations, Rose! I look forward to seeing you at the retreat in June.
And I need to give a mention to these three stories that were in hot contention for the prize:
- Selkie Song by Marianne Paget – beautiful imagery and two distinct points of view made this stand out.
- Caveat Emptor by Carol Caffrey – brilliant voice and it left me wanting to know more.
- The Rift by Elinor Perry-Smith – surreal, fast-paced and quite an experience with a really distinctive narrative voice.