Short Story News

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3 March

Results for the International Cambridge Short Story Prize Announced

Congratulations to all the winners of the International Cambridge Short Story Prize 2017, especially the University of Chichester’s very own David Swann whose story ‘Make a Wish, Keep the Wish Secret’ was awarded first prize! Second place went to Joan Taylor-Rowan for her story, ‘Inside the Egg’ and third place went to Adam Lock for ‘Peekaboo’ Judge, Rupert Dastur said, ‘David Swann’s short story ‘Make a Wish, Keep the Wish Secret’ is masterful – there is poise and charm in both narrative and narrator, with an ending that is simultaneously clever and elegant. It’s the kind of story that gets better with each new reading.’ The winners were chosen from 442 stories submitted from around the world. Find out more about the award, the other prize winners, and the competition runners up here…

19 July

Bath Short Story Award-winners Announced

Congratulations to Kathy Stevens, winner of the 2017 Bath Short Story Award. She will be awarded £1,000 for her story ‘This Is All Mostly True’. Mary Griese came in second place, with ‘Performance in the Hills’, and Sarah Mackey in third, with her story ‘Forget Me Not’. Judge Euan Thorneycroft, from literary agency A. M. Heath, said of the winning pieces: “I was looking for three things – originality, authenticity and confidence – and in the stories here, all three of these were in ample evidence.” Find out more on the Bath Short Story Award website.

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18 July

Former Chichester Student Top at the 2017 Rubery Book Awards

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Melanie Whipman, former University of Chichester student, for her win at this year’s Rubery Book Awards. Whipman, who is no stranger to the Rubery prize list – first in 2012 for the Fiction prize – was named winner of the Short Story category for her debut collection, Llama Sutra. It is a collection of ‘beautifully crafted tales of escapism and rebellion’ where the surreal ‘flickers around the margins of the everyday’.

Winners of the non-fiction categories are Lena Adishian and Nareg Seferian; the Young Adult winner is Jaq Hazell; John Toomey took home the prize for best Fiction entry. The overall ‘Book of the Year’ prize is still to be announced. You can find out more about the Rubery Awards on their website.

 

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