2021 Open Competition Results 

Our short story open competition for 2021 finally drew to a close on 1st March. We say finally because we really should acknowledge the admin error at the end which closed the competition a day early by mistake! Thanks to those eagle-eyed people out there who let us know and enabled us to rectify the error to keep the competition open until the advertised date and please accept our apologies for any confusion.


The standard of entries seems to grow each year and we were delighted to receive so may of them this time around. Our BWC  judges had a tough job as always but managed to prepare a shortlist of ten stories to put forward to the final judge who had this to say in summary:

After re-reading each story a number of times, I had decided on the three well written winners with two others as well which were worthy of consideration.

Back to re-reading those five, noting use of humour, speed of the stories, how well the interest of the reader was firmly held and other things, I have at last decided on the three winners below but felt sorrow that I had to lose the other two, it was a hard decision.

Wendy Nottingham

So, without further ado and with a suitably imagined drum-roll in your ears, I'm delighted to announce the winners of the Bridgend Writers' Circle Open Competition for 2021 below (Click on story titles to read the winning entries).

The three winners will be individually contacted using the email address provided when submitting entries to arrange payment of the prizes.

1st Place

The Companion

by Kayleigh Maddocks

A wonderful and funny tale about what happens on the other side

"Angels were like supervisors, fun when drunk at the Christmas party but sticklers for the rules. 
“I’ll trade you a week of puddings,” I said once I’d found him heading towards the exit, screwing my face to try and accentuate my puppy dog eyes. 
“I’m an angel, Layla. I don’t eat puddings.”

2nd Place

Healing Hands

by Katherine Shand

A day in the life of a hard-working doctor and the sometime miracles of places and times aligning like they should

3rd Place

To Eggs Benedict and Back

by  JM Curry

A fateful tale of a road-trip in Wales and the promise of the best tasting breakfast around.

The two other stories chosen by Wendy but just narrowly missing out on one of the prizes were:

Give Us This Day (Our Daily Bread)

Into the Woods

And the remaining five shortlisted pieces which thoroughly deserve a mention are:

Not Being Funny, Jason


The Colour of Sweet

The Deluge

The Old Man Who Was Lost at Sea

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted entries, it really was a great competition this year and was a real showcase of talented writers.

The competition for 2022 will be open later this year so please keep an eye on our competition page for full details.