Open 2013: Short Story

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Final Results for the 2013 Open Writing Competitions

Closing date 31st October 2013.

The 2013 NAWG Open Short Story Competition

Judged by Linda Lewis

Below are the results. To read the winning entry click here.

  1. £250 – Jack in the HedgePetra McQueen.
  2. £100 – HelmandShirley Jackson, Taverners Writing Group.
  3. £50 – InsideTim Stokes.
Highly Commended
  • Water WorldSue Hoffmann, Earlyworks Press, Online Forum.
  • MurphyMaureen A. Jeffs, Writers Reign.
  • Not This TimeDavid Lake, Writers in Somerset.
A brief note from the judge:

All the stories were good, some better than others of course, but with very few really bad efforts.

What I look for in a first reading are stories that make an immediate impact, either because the writing is so strong, or the subject is unusual and well-handled. That didn't happen this time which meant that choosing the actual prize winners and commended stories took a lot longer and involved a lot of rereading. Maybe this was a good thing because a great story is one that you enjoy more each time you read it, despite knowing what's going to happen.

In the end, the winners slowly emerged and by the end of the judging process I had grown rather fond of all the winners and the highly commended stories.

— Linda Lewis, Leeds, November 2013.

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