Short story competition 2015/16 - The Final Results

Exeter Writers are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015/16 Exeter Writers Short Story Competition.

We received many fantastic entries, and thank all our entrants for their efforts. We can now reveal the winning stories and their authors. We can also reveal the authors of the shortlisted and longlisted stories. Congratulations, everyone! We hope to see you next year.

1st – Mr Dixon’s Lawnmower – Michael Snelle
2nd – The Indus Seals – Frances Thimann
3rd – Not as Fast as Lightning Boy – D. Bruton
Devon prize – Things I Have Wasted Money On – Hayley Jones

Shortlist (in alphabetical order)
Adam’s Fall – Mark Stobbs
Bird – Jen Leggo
Letters from America – Diane Simmons
Silver Harvest – Ali Bacon
The Prodigal Robin – Louise G. Cole
The Romance of Scorpions – Katharine Orton

Longlist (in alphabetical order)
42nd Street – Paul Toolan
A Life Choice – Emily Blewett
Abandoned – Kit Perkins
An Arrangement – Tom Vowler
Antifreeze – Jenny Knight
Blowhole – Tom Vowler
Come Tilly Come – Nicole Fitton
Cyfannedd Fach – Hannah Persaud
Discovery – Natalie Smith
Drone – Tom Jensen
Gremlin – Laura Wake
His Greatest Treasure – Peter Collins
Home for Dinner – PJ Stephenson
Jerusalem Wormwood – Robert Kibble
Keiko's Story – Jane Elia
Lifeline – Paul Barnett
Like Mother Like Daughter – Suzie Lockhart-Smith
Moonlight and Jasmine – Fred Canavan
Mrs Heathcliff's Riposte – Fiona McKenna
Murik's Coat – Brooke Ballenger
Payback – Gillian Brown
People Like Me – Jacq Molloy
Piano Music – Louise Mangos
Russell's Story – Philip Laverty
Shame on You – Susan Doherty
Silent Ovation – Joanna Campbell
Taj – Pauline Hughes
The Diamond – Nick Thripp
The Fox – Hannah Persaud
The Neighbours – James Hodgson
The Past Never Dies – Simon Hall
The Perfect Shade of Green – Sherry Morris
The Sculptor and the Sea – Anya J. Davis
The Tallow Butcher's Child – Joanna Campbell
The Unpathed Water – Melanie Marshall
Uncommon Wisdom – Gautam Banerjee
Undine – Melanie Whipman
Units of Sense and Magnitude – Catherine Ford
Where's Lisbeth? – Maureen Cullen

Short Story Competition 2015/16 - The Shortlist

Well, here we are! It was a difficult decision, but we winnowed our competition longlist down to a shortlist of just ten stories. The authors have been informed (but their names are still confidential) and Exeter Writers will make its final decision on the winners on Saturday 14th May. Congratulations to our shortlisted authors, and watch this space...

Shortlist for the 2015/16 Exeter Writers Short Story competition:

Adam's Fall
Letters from America
Mr Dixon's Lawnmower
Not as Fast as Lightning Boy
Silver Harvest
The Indus Seals
The Prodigal Robin
The Romance of Scorpions
Things I Have Wasted Money On

Short Story Competition 2015/16 - The Longlist

We can now reveal our longlist of finalists in the annual short story competition. The task of judging is shared between all of our members, and these are the ones that stand out so far. At this stage, none of us knows who the authors are, so no names will appear until the finalists are chosen. But whoever you are, congratulations! And to all the entrants, many thanks and keep writing. 

A shortlist will follow in due course.

The Tallow Butcher's Child


Not as Fast as Lightning Boy

Mr Dixon's Lawnmower


Keiko's Story

Where's Lisbeth?

Cyfannedd Fach

The Fox

Russell's Story

Jerusalem Wormwood

Things I Have Wasted Money On


An Arrangement


Units of Sense and Magnitude

The Indus Seals


Letters from America

Home for Dinner

Mrs Heathcliff's Riposte

Piano Music

Moonlight and Jasmine

His Greatest Treasure

Silent Ovation

The Past Never Dies

The Prodigal Robin

The Sculptor and the Sea

Like Mother Like Daughter

Silver Harvest

The Diamond



Adam's Fall

Uncommon Wisdom

Come Tilly come

The Neighbours

People Like Me


The Perfect Shade of Green

The Romance of Scorpions

The Unpathed Water


Murik's Coat



A Life Choice

42nd Street

Shame on You

Meet the Members: Su Bristow

Hello from Su Bristow, currently Chair of Exeter Writers.  Next year, world domination…

What do you write?

I write stories with an element of fantasy.  My first novel, Sealskin, is a retelling of the Scottish legend of the Selkies, or seals who can turn into people.  It won the Exeter Novel Prize 2013, and as a direct result of that, I now have an agent and a publisher.  It will be published as an ebook in the second half of this year, and in paperback early in 2017.  The next step is the cover design, which should be ready in the new year.  Watch this space…