2017 Competition Results

The competition results for 2017 are now available. The entries have all been judged, and the prizes were awarded at a special ceremony in the Bishop’s Palace during the Festival.

To celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we raised the prize money to 1st: £750, 2nd: £300 and 3rd: £200 in all three categories. We also presented the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize and the Wyvern local short story prize, both £100.

Congratulations to all the winners, and we would also like to thank everyone who entered. If your work was not chosen this year – please try again in 2018!

Short Story Competition

Maria McCann Short Story Judge - Wells Festival of LiteratureThe judge was Maria McCann, author of As Meat Loves Salt which was an Economist Book of the Year. Maria also wrote The Wilding which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her most recent novel Ace, King, Knave was equally well received. She has also contributed to various anthologies, most recently to Why Willows Weep and Beacons.

Winners of the Short Story Competition

 TitleAuthor
1stThe Last Word Nicola Ratnett
2ndFinding Lives Valerie Bowes
3rdRollingClare Weze
Local prizeMonsterStephen Tole

Poetry Competition

Gillian Clarke Poetry Judge - Wells Festival of LiteratureGillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales from 2008 – 2016,  judged the poetry competition. Gillian, one of our leading modern poets, was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010 and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She has written for radio, and has translated poetry and prose from Welsh. Her last collection Ice was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award in 2012 and her most recent collection Zoology was published in August 2017.

Winners of the Poetry Competition

 TitleAuthor 
1stThe Bellwether Kathy MilesWells Festival of Literature
2ndWaterlog Judy O'KaneWells Festival of Literature
3rdWaiting to hear the Nightingale Pat BorthwickWells Festival of Literature
Local prizeFrench PlaitMargaret HistedWells Festival of Literature
The People's ChoiceAdvanced Physics Roger AdamsWells Festival of Literature

A Book for Children Competition

Steve Voake A Book for Children Judge - Wells Festival of LiteratureSteve Voake judged this category. His award-winning novels for young adults include The Dreamwalker’s Child, The Starlight Conspiracy and Blood Hunters. He has also written the Daisy Dawson and Hooey Higgins series for younger readers and Insect Detective, a non-fiction picture book. A senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University and a tutor for the Arvon Foundation, Steve regularly runs writing workshops for gifted and talented children as well as providing talks and creative writing workshops in schools across the country.

Winners of the A Book for Children Competition

 TitleAuthor
1stElsetimeEve McDonell
2ndThe Alchemist's Apprentice Andrew Miller
3rdMairi and the StonesWendy McArdle

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