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Winner of the Short Story Competition 2020

Winner of the Short Story Competition 2020

There was an incredible response to our competition this year. We had a record number of entries – 46 in total from across the region* – and the standard was very high. Thank you all so much for taking part and sending us some fabulous stories to read. We had an absolute blast!

The stories were all anonymised, and a shortlist was compiled. The seven stories on this shortlist were sent to our two wonderful judges. They were local writers Jon Lawrence (who is also one of the Eyrie Press directors) and Sue Welfare. They have been judging the competition since it began in 2016 and we want to say a big thank you for their continued support.

They were very impressed by the standard of the entries, and it’s safe to say that they had a tough job! So tough, in fact, that there wasn’t a clear consensus. But when we amalgamated their scores with those of the shortlist judges, two stories came out on top.

So this year, for the first time, we have a winner and a runner-up.

We are delighted to announce that the winner is Alan Kahn from Lincolnshire with his story Facing Up To Facts. The runner-up, just pipped to the post, is Emma-Rose Hooker from Norfolk with her story Inkwell.

Huge congratulations to both of you!

Facing Up To Facts will be published in the January issue of The Fens Magazine, and both stories will be published on our website shortly after that.

Some of you may remember that Alan won the competition back in 2018, so double congratulations to him. He’s clearly a name to be watching!

Again, thank you to everyone who entered. We are always bowled over by your support and participation. We’ll be running the competition again next year, and we hope you all send us some more wonderful stories to read.

* One of our aims as a social enterprise is to support and encourage writers in the east of England. So our annual competition is open only to residents in our area, of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk.


Would you like to learn more about
writing short stories?

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