Short Story Competition 2014 - The Long list
This year we had 414 entries and we thought it would be encouraging to more writers if we published our long list – so here goes, in no particular order:
Hoop, The Crossing, Telling the Bees, Little Blue, Old Hands, My Percy, Second Thoughts, The Epic Journey, Kristina, Shadow Puppets, James Joyce at Speech Day,
Idle Hands, Encounters through Time, Someone’s Mistake, Ngozi, Saying Yes, The Boy who Loved Trees, Us V the Skeleton, The River, The Long Holiday, Only the Dog Howled, Last Wednesday, Villa Archipettoli, The Night of the Storm, Fractured,
My War with Dr Seuss, Fool, Strike a Light, Wanting Jess Ennis, Then to the Grave,
Love on the Rocks, Spag Bog, Ring of Truth, The Horologist, Chocolate Ripples,
A Black Lie, Serial Sidney, Primrose Lodge, The Great Lie, Wilbur and Alvina,
The Good Fight, Fault, For Better, For Worse, The Top Ten Guide, The Last Campaign, Little Round Top, NQAT, Transfer Window, The Social Gardener,
The Other Side, A Walk in the Park, The Escape, At Flamborough Head, The Voucher, Guy Ropes, What Price Friendship?, One for Sorrow, Tending Olive Trees, Island Secret, Beware of Gifts, Something Amazing, Darling Daddy Died this Morning, The Tarantella Dancer, There’s Something I’ve Got to Tell You, Sea Glass, What if …Ithaka?, Therapy.
Each of the long listed stories will now be read four times by the same group of readers in order to select a short list of 10 which will then be read by Rose Tremain.
Well done to all of you who have progressed to this stage and many thanks to all those who entered this year’s competition.
The Short Story Competition now closed for entries
Many thanks to all the writers who have submitted stories for the 2014 Short Story Prize. We had a fantastic response, with once again over 410 entries.
Our dedicated team of volunteer readers is now hard at work on the almost impossible task of choosing just ten of the stories for the short list. First we need to arrive at the longlist, the titles of which will be published here on the website before the end of February. The shortlist will be announced here by the middle of March.
Then Rose Tremain, herself a multi-award-winning novelist and short story writer, will adjudge which three authors deserve the three prizes, of £500 (Donated by Nigel White Key Solutions, of Weston-super-Mare), £200 (from Wessex Water) and £100. These will be presented on Saturday April 12th. You might have seen her this month on the TV news presenting the Costa Prize, for which she chaired the panel of judges.
Every story has already been read by at least two reviewers. It’s already clear that the standard of writing this year surpasses our expectations. For this reason, writers should not be discouraged if they don’t appear in the longlist. Choosing which stories should go forward to the next round is proving truly difficult.
Taunton Vale Golf Club Tee Off for Home-Start
During 2013, Home-Start Bridgwater Area was the chosen charity of the year for Taunton Vale Golf Club. Through various fundraising nights and golf matches they raised over £1400. Another wonderful contribution to the scheme by local people with a passion for supporting good causes.
Barclays Bank Bridgwater Show Their Support.
In December 2013, the staff at Barclays bank in Bridgwater went all out to help raise funds and the profile of Home-Start Bridgwater Area.
There was much cake making and will the aroma of mulled wine drifting through the banking hall it made a very unusual sight for the customers as they were treated to nibbles and drink, all laid on by the banking staff.
We raised just over £100 throughout the day and the customers were even treated to some singing in the afternoon. Barclays nationally have since offered to match fund the total raised
This was a great way to really get the word out in the very heart of our community so our huge thanks go to Barclays and the staff for organising such a great initiative.
Third Preparation Course Comes To An End
Our latest recruits have now finished their training and are starting to be matched with their families - an exciting time for the volunteers; a small relief for the families. Our final week saw a celebration of all the work covered and much anticipation for the next step. With 8 volunteers successfully completing the 40 hour preparation course it is with much delight that we welcome them on board and with grateful thanks for the time they will be giving to Home-Start.
The next course is filling up fast so do get in touch if you would like to get involved - make a difference in your community in 2014.