2020 Long-list and past winners

Here is the short-list for the 2020 competition.
Congratulations to the writers of these ten wonderful stories!

Air Freshener and Jam

At The Hotel Du Moulin

Father and Son

Flowers for Miss Havisham

Missing the Boat

Peace Offering

The Prodigal Robin

The Snake

The Uncle and the New Aunt

The Visitors

2020 Long-list

The following stories have been long-listed this year

(in alphabetical order)

A Family Gathering
A Lesson from a Turkish Cat
Air Freshener and Jam
At the Hotel du Moulin
Books do Furnish a Room
Cherry Red
Dark Determination
Don’t Forget your Dancing Shoes
Eternal Vertere
Faking it
Father and Son
Flowers for Miss Havisham
It’s Later than you Think
Lost for Words
Missing the Boat
No Time to Dance
Old Man Henson
Painting over the Pictures
Peace Offering
The Bears of Mill Beach
The Gobbledygook
The Horse
The Prodigal Robin
The Real Fake News
The Snake
The Tiger
The Uncle and the New Aunt
The Visitors
The Wooing Group
Where’s Lisbeth?

Congratulations to all the writers.

Previous Years’ Winners


First Place: Clare Reddaway – A Long Way From Home
Second Place: Richard Hughes – Is this the Fussen train?
Third Place: Jessica Fabrizius – Trapped in a Box


First Place: Julie Evans — The Artist’s Last Model

Second Place: William Hillier — I am not Elena

Third Place (and local prize): Suzie Lockhart-Smith — Colouring in


First Place:  Rhiannon Lewis – The Jugs Stay with the Dresser

Joint Second Place:  Jo Else – Mr Reginald’s Last Encounter

Joint Second Place: Mark Johnson – Hedgehopping

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