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Short Story Competition 2023 Winners!

The opening night of Bury Lit Fest 2023 saw the announcement of the winners of our annual short story competiton.


This year, to celebrate the year of the coronation of Kind Charles III, the prompt that inspired all of our entrants was 'Coronation'. We had many brilliant entries to the competition and our judges had a very hard job choosing those that would be recognised for their story.


The Winner of the 9-12 age Group, judged by Peggy Hughes, CEO The National Centre for Writing was Pip Frost with her story THE DIAMOND which Peggy said was "a brilliant take on what was really going on behind the scenes. I admired the leap of imagination that involved, as well as its humour, element of surprise, and that it leaves us on a cliffhanger. Lots of adventure and character packed into a short piece. Bravo!"



Pip Frost

She received an engraved Glass Trophy and a gift voucher for £30.00 donated by Harris & Harris Books of Clare who were the Festival Booksellers

The Runners Up were Verity Foreman with SADDLES AND STIRRUPS  and Isabelle Stather with THE LEGACY OF THE CORONATION. They each received gift vouchers of £15.00


The Winner of the 13-18 category was Evie Rose with her Gothic story TO DEATH. Creepy but very well written. She also received an engraved Glass Trophy and a gift voucher for £30.00 donated by Harris & Harris Books.  There were no runners up.



Evie Rose


Finally, the winner of the adult category, in a strong field was Mikela Bond with CREAM TEA which the judge,  Dr Amanda Hodgkinson Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing at University of Suffolk said was "well written with lively dialogue  .... nuanced and subtle storytelling. Very good."  Again she received an engraved Glass Trophy and a gift voucher for £30.00 donated by Harris & Harris. Unfortunately, the rain & floods meant Mikela could not get to the Prizegiving, which was a real shame. So here is a photo of one of our runners up, Mike Miller.



Mike Miller


The Runners up, who also received gift vouchers of £15.00, were Denise Pope with THE QUIZ &  Mike Miller with Three Crowns.


We had some really good entries; the future of writing is looking good in Bury St Edmunds.

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