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Open Competition Winners 2016

Short Story winners 2016:


First Prize      Edna and Goliath      by Dianne Bown-Wilson


Second Prize      Leaving Sullivan Street      by Mandy Huggins


Third Prize      Shadows and Scars      by Michelle Pilkinton


Runner-up      A Mixed Ensemble      by Vannessa Horn

You can read any of the stories above by clicking the titles

Competition Feedback



  • The competition attracted 42 entries, from a variety of places across England & Wales:

  • 7 writers from the Bridgend area took part, nine from various places in Wales and a further 26 from England and Scotland.

  •  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 was drawn from a first reading, and a short-list of 6 was arrived at by consensus.  

  •  The 6 stories were then sent to our official judge, Jo Derrick.

  •  Jo’s verdict came within a few days.

  •  On providing us with her judgment, Jo Derrick commented:


''I really enjoyed judging the final six stories in the competition. I chose my top three, because those stories best reflected the theme ‘Our Street’. I found it particularly difficult to choose between the top two stories. Did I go with brilliant characterisation and compelling story-telling or did I go for the story with lots of layers and stunning use of language? I opted for the former. It also had a particularly good twist and message. All six stories on the shortlist managed to recreate a wonderful sense of community spirit and gave this reader food for thought. Well done, everyone!''

‘Our Street’ Sponsors: 
Nolton Street: Bridgend:  Seren PublishersElla Riley Sweet ShopNolton Art Gallery,  Deli-licious
Cloud9 Cocktail Bar & LoungePink Butterfly BridesThe Hair Gallery,   Bridgend Antiques
Dunraven Place, Bridgend:  Bridgend Music Store 
Market Road, Cardiff: Chapter Art Centre

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