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Peter Barry Short Story Competition – Results

Friday, 10th February 2012

Categories: Moving Stories

Author: Peter Barry

Our judge Anne Aylor has now reviewed the shortlisted entries so I’m pleased to announce the results of our recent short story competition.

The Winner of the £750 first prize is Paul Weidknecht from New Jersey in the US whose short story was called ‘Driven.

Anne commented that:

“Driven” stood out for me from the first sentence. This short story is impeccably written in a crisp, clean voice and has a wonderful completeness to it. The story has an unexpected ending without being contrived. Outstanding. This writer will go far!!

In second place and recipient of the first runner up prize of £125 is Tess Niland Kimber from West Sussex whose short story was entitled ‘Time to Move On’.

“Time to Move On” is moving, convincing, plangent. As a reader, I felt I knew May and John, two well-drawn characters. John’s change of attitude to his handicapped son, Gary, is beautifully judged. An achingly real story written from the heart.

In third place and recipient of the second runner up prize of £125 is Jackie Taylor from Cornwall writer of ‘Lifelines.

“Lifelines” is a short story that effectively moves between two narrators, Chloe and her estranged sister, Helen. Their difficult relationship (and parallel stories) were handled skilfully by the author. Understated writing and all the more powerful for it.

We have already contacted the 3 prize-winners to give them the good news.

If you haven’t yet read them all 12 of the shortlisted stories have been posted on our blog.

I’d like to thank everyone who entered the competition and congratulate them on the general quality of the writing. It was humbling to see that so many people put so much time in to their stories and it’s a shame that there could only be 3 prize-winners. We’ll certainly run another similar competition in the future.

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