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Open Competition Winners 2015

Short Story winners 2015:


1st Prize       Georges' Bridge       by Jennifer Rainbow


2nd Prize     Dulce Et Decorum Est     by Joanne Derrick


3rd Prize      Crossing the  Divide     by Elizabeth Mahoney

You can read any of the stories by clicking the titles

Competition Feedback



  • The competition attracted 44 entries, from a variety of places across England & Wales:

  • 18 writers from the Bridgend area took part, twelve from various places in South Wales and a further ten from England.

  •  There was a high standard and variety of stories.  

  • The Readers enjoyed reading all your stories.

  • Congratulations to all the participants and especially the winners.  Keep writing and do keep in touch with our website for future competitions



  •  This was anonymous from the start to the end.  

  •  The administration was carried out anonymously for us

  • The list of names was hidden  from the readers and the judge until the end of the process.  

  • A long list of 13 was drawn from a first reading, and a short-list of 8 was arrived at by consensus.  

  • The 8 stories were then sent to our official judge, Rhian Edwards.

  • Rhian’s verdict came within a few days.

  •  On providing us with her judgment, Rhian Edwards commented:


“I thoroughly enjoyed reading the final shortlisted short stories. It was truly a difficult one to call, especially third place. After re-reading them, I arrived at my decision in terms of originality, believability and the degree to which the characters were compelling and sympathetic.”

Rhian Edwards is a Bridgend based author and poet and is winner of several awards. Please read more about Rhian on her web page: Rhian Edwards


We’d like to offer warmest thanks to our sponsors :

Literature Wales, Chapter Art Centre, Seren Publishers

and Lynne Jones of Artful Yoga in Maesteg

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