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2023 Short Story Competition Shortlist

Congratulations to our 2023 Short Story Shortlisted Entries

A Burning Need For Justice  Sarah Marriott
Between PagesMichael Pettit
Dancing to Our Tune  Ruth Edwardson
DroverKarys Frank
Enid and the Lost Boys  Sue Purkiss
Exiled Off Main Street  Charles Kitching
HeirloomsChristine Venzon
How Do The Peasants Die  Daisy Stewart Henderson
Lights on Water   Caitlin Gunthorp
Lost Girl  Brandon Keaton
Making Notes  Fenja Hill
Miles Away  Claire Buckle
My Yellow  Amanda Huggins
REGRETS A Song Cycle  Melanie Barrow
She Should Have Chosen A Different Adventure  Louise Cook
The Auspicious Mrs Hunter  Mary Francis
The Best Way to Burn  Paul Myatt
The Canine Guardian Angel  Neil Humphrey
THE GIFTLynn Baxter
The giftTing Randle
The librarian and the cowboy Marilyn Messenger
The Parts We Play  Lucille Agapov
The Sky is Always Blue  Patricia Minson
The Soft Rope  Suzanne Jeans
The Thing with My Second-Best Barbie  Emma Phillips
The Winged Warrier  Sue Hatt

Claire Fuller’s much anticipated fifth novel The Memory of Animals was published in April this year and her fourth (Unsettled Ground) featured at our Festival Book Group event last year – the subject of a fascinating discussion! Unsettled Ground also won the Costa Novel Award 2021 and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Claire Fuller

Claire’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages, she also writes flash fiction and short stories. She has won the Royal Academy / Pin Drop prize as well as the BBC Opening Lines short story competition. She will make an excellent judge for our own 31st Short Story Competition.

First Prize £750. Second and third prizes £300 and £200. Plus £100 for a local author.
Prize Giving and Poetry Reading takes place on Monday 30 October 2023 as part of the Festival. 
Book your free seat here.