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Exeter Writers Privacy Policy, May 2018


The Results


I am pleased to announce the winners of Exeter Writers' 2018 Short Story Competition. Well done to all the writers listed below. You can read the winning entries by clicking on the links below.

1st -  Land's End by Tomas Furby, Exeter
2nd  - Thirty-Seven Photos of a Sleeping Lion by Jason Jackson, Bristol
3rd  -  The Invitation by Sarah Evans, Herts

Devon prize - Dylan Thomas, Gregory Jones, and the Oort Cloud by Janet McCann, Sidmouth

The remaining short-listed entries were:

A Sharp Beam from the Light House by Judith Wilson, London
What do Streets Remember by Selma Carvalho, West Drayton
The Rapture by Anna Abbott, Wirral
Sponge by Jim Syrah, Bampton
For Love by Rob Woodhouse, Holsworthy
Sent by Kaavya Ramachandhran, OH, USA
The List by Grace Cullen, Herts

The remaining long-listed entries were:

Keeping Chris Alive by Ken McBeath, British Colombia, Canada
Seeking Shadows by Jessica Hooten Wilson, Siloam Springs, USA
The Gold Amati by William Konarzewski, Colchester
Ten Bob by Maureen Cullen, Cardross
Better Than You Found It by Hazel Orriss, Southampton
Mrs Dusk by Mark Czanik, Bath
The Sound of Celia by Dianne Bown-Wilson, Exeter
Dinosaurs Rule by Sarah Dawson, Kent
Komboloi by Justine Bothwick, Rome
Little Pig by Richard Chalk, Dorchester


Short List!

We are delighted to announce the short list! Over the last few weeks, members of Exeter Writers have had to make some very tough decisions. We have been honoured to read a wonderful range of amusing, sad, horrifying and touching stories. 

Unfortunately, we can't short list everyone, but those writers who made it to the long list should feel proud of their achievement as should all the writers who had the guts, determination and motivation to enter our competition and put their work out there! Next time it might be you, so keep on writing! Many of the writers I have contacted about the short-list have told me that this is their first time on a short list, or even a long list for some!  We had hundreds and hundreds of entries and competition was fierce.

Well done to all those involved, and we hope you will enter our competition next year. 

Now we have the extremely difficult task of picking a winner out of these wonderful yet totally unique short stories. The final result will be announced before 20th May.

In no particular order. The entries short-listed are:

1.Thirty-Seven Photographs of a Sleeping Lion
2. The Rapture
3. A Sharp Beam from the Lighthouse
4. The Invitation
5. Sponge
6. Land's End
7. What do Streets Remember
8. The List
9. Dylan Thomas, Gregory Jones and the Oort cloud
10. Sent
11. For Love

A special mention should be made about Miracles, Mercies and Mary ... on Toast by Sherry Morris. This is a fantastic story, but (unfortunately for us), it came 2nd in Flash500 Short story competition so it has been withdrawn from our competition. Well done, Sherry.

Congratulations to those writers!

Long List!

Congratulations to all those people who entered our short story competition. We had some fantastic entries and deciding on the long list was very hard indeed, especially as we had hundreds and hundreds of entries! 

We had stories from all over the world - Brazil, Israel, Canada, The States, Jordan - and the subjects covered in the stories varied greatly. 


Our members enjoyed reading your entries, and many hours were spent deliberating which stories to include.