Short Story Prize Results!
On Saturday 12th April Rose Tremain, herself the winner of numerous literary awards, came all the way from Norfolk to the Bridgwater Arts Centre to announce the three winning authors in the Home-Start Bridgwater Competition for 2014.
The First Prize went to Julian Holt of Garstang in Lancashire. His story, entitled ‘James Joyce at Speech Day’, Ms. Tremain commented, showed “a true, poetic, writerly sensibility and a real understanding of how language works”. Sadly, Mr. Holt is seriously ill in hospital and was unable to attend the prize-giving. His £500 prize, generously donated by Nigel White of Key Financial Solutions of Weston super Mare, has been posted to his family. We all wish him a good and speedy recovery.
“Highly entertaining” was how Rose Tremain described the winner of the £200 Second Prize, ‘The Other Side’ written by Deborah Winter from Pembrokeshire. She thanked Wessex Water for sponsoring this prize.
‘Fractured’ by Melanie Whipman from Farnham in Surrey, was called “a moving piece” by the judge, who also presented certificates for Claudia Rapport, Eryl Samuel and David Gibson (Highly commended): and Simon Van der Velde, Lesley Mace, Colette Coen and Sarah Scholefield (Commended).
The three winning stories can be read here:
- James Joyce on Speech Day by Julian Holt
- The Other Side by Deborah Winter
- Fractured by Melanie Whipman
Tina Hamilton, the Chair of Trustees, thanked Rose Tremain, the 20 voluntary readers and the almost 400 writers who entered stories for the competition. She praised the high standard of the entries which have brought over £3000 towards the valuable work of Home-Start.