Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 contest. We will publish all of the stories below over the coming months, starting with our winning entry by Louise Farr in a few days time.


The sun is also a star by Louise Farr

Runner Up

Python yellow by Michelle Jager

Highly Commended

The tower by Angelita Bradney

Rehab by Julie Evans

Changeling by Angela Forrest

The colour of things by Christine Genovese

All that matters by Sarah Klenbort [winner of the prize for best US entry]

The last train by Val Ormrod

The full shortlist included:

Angela Forrest, Changeling

Angelita Bradney, The tower

Bruce Harris, Facing the Press

Bruce Harris, Nightcaps for Wild Boys

Christine Genovese, The Colour of Things

Emily Tempest, Medusa

Graham McDonald, Conversations with an Outhouse

Huw Lawrence, Restocking

Jo-Anne Foster, Donna and Robbie Williams

Julie Evans, Rehab

Liz Foster, The Heavyweight

Louise Farr, The Sun is Also a Star

Louise Ryrie, Seb's Christmas

Michelle Jager, Python Yellow

Nastasya Parker, The Apocalypse Alphabet

Richard Hooton, The Assassination of a President

Rob Nisbet, A Partner Always Knows

Sarah Klenbort, All that Matters

Val Ormrod, The Last Train

Valerie Knight, In my own skin

Congratulations to the winners, and commiserations to the losers - especially to Bruce Harris, with two stories in the shortlist but didn’t quite make the final published stories :(