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Short Story Competition 2023/24

The final judging of the 2023/24 short story competition has taken place and the medal winners decided. Our thanks go to the readers, organisers and competition judge, Philip Caine, for all their efforts. The results are:

Gold: ‘x11‘ by Emma Williams of Ludlow, UK

Silver: ‘Roost‘ by Emma Williams of Ludlow, UK

Bronze: ‘Killing the Kid‘ by Shirish Jirapure of Slough, UK

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All submissions were read and judged anonymously and the fact that the same person, Emma Williams, won both gold and silver is a remarkable achievement. A virtual medal presentation ceremony will take place over Zoom on Wednesday 6th March at 7:00 p.m. Further details of the winners and their stories will be posted here as they become available.

Emma Williams worked in the NHS for thirty years and now writes novels, short stories and poetry. Her first novel ‘The Tortoise’ (2021) is about a retired G.P. suspected of murder after inheriting a tortoise with a past. Her second, ‘Nothing but the Truth’ (2023) is a cosy crime featuring a female bank-robber masquerading as a rural vicar. A collection of her prize-winning and award-listed short stories, ‘Best Served Cold’, is due to be published next year.  Instagram: tortoise_books; Website: emmawilliams.online

Shirish Jirapure lives in Slough where he likes to write short stories in parallel to working on the manuscript for his debut novel. He also has a travel blog he updates with each expedition around the world. When not writing, Shirish is either bouldering at a local gym where he likes to pretend he is half decent at the sport, or is in another continent exploring new cultures and having exciting adventures.

The Creative Arts Short Story competition is organised by Maggie Bardsley, Jo Jackson and Alison Richards of ‘Writers on the Edge’. 



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