On Tuesday 18th October, we were pleased to announce the winners of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2016. There was a huge turnout to the gala where we had five of the ten shortlisted entrants with us.
Before we announce the winners, the NWC would like to take a moment to thank everyone who entered the competition. It certainly wasn’t easy for Rachel Hore, our adjudicator, to pick just ten stories from the 139 entries we received. It was even harder for her to pick the three winners.
Now, without further ado, the winners of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2016 were:
1st Place: Mary Outram from Headingley, Leeds. Story Title: Boots A contemporary tale of aid workers in Iraq.
2nd Place: Sarah Evans from Welwyn Garden City, Herts. Story Title: Clatter of Love A social tale of separation and a tug of love.
3rd Place: Mickie Dann from Norwich. Story Title: Save Your Soul A story inspired by meeting a refugee while on holiday in Italy. Mickie is a long-time member of Norwich Writers’ Circle.
The runners up (in no particular order):
Jonathan Bowman from Coltishall, Norfolk. Story Title: The Rawi.
Anne Pearce from Attleborough. Story Title: The Creative Writing Class
Sue Ryder Richardson from Framlingham, Suffolk. Story Title: Twisted Feet
Bridget Bowen from Beccles, Suffolk. Story Title: The Last Dance.
Sarah Isaac from Perthshire, Scotland. Story Tile: Souterrain.
Judith Drazin from Bristol. Story Title: The Reunion.
Sandy Norris from Malden in Essex. Story Title: New Shoes
Why did Rachel choose these particular stories? In her own words:
“The stories I recruited for the shortlist were usually ones that engaged me from the first paragraph or even the first line. Where I was quickly drawn into the character’s world and made to care what happened to them. Even the lighter tales among them I chose because between the lines of entertaining narrative the offered truth; some striking observations of, or a slant of human behaviour.”
The NWC would like to congratulate the winners! Your entries were memorable, expertly crafted tales. It is easy to see why they were the pick of the bunch.
If anyone is interested in reading any of these amazing stories, we are going to be producing an anthology which will contain all of the shortlisted stories of 2016 plus the top three of 2015. It will be released mid-November with an estimated price of £7. If you are interested in buying a copy, keep your eyes on this website and our Facebook page for updates.
Finally, the NWC would like to thank everyone who attended the prize giving. It was wonderful to see you.
We would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Rachel for all her hard work and excellent adjudication. Given the high caliber of the entries, we know it wasn’t easy!
If you didn’t win, don’t worry; we will be hosting another competition next year. The theme will be ‘Strangers’. Once again, keep an eye on this website and Facebook for details.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 1st November. Sheridan Winn, author of the Sprite Sister books, will be joining us to help us launch our second competition of the season, The Colin Sutton Cup for Humour. We hope to see you there!
Susan started by sharing her harrowing yet light-hearted account of the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that followed. The group was then treated to three thought-provoking interview recordings.
Once her talk was finished, Susan was kind enough to answer questions and offered some solid advice for anyone thinking of entering the competition.
We hope this has inspired all who attended to give both the contest and creative non-fiction a go!
The NWC would like to thank Susan for her spirited talk, and those who attended for giving her such a warm reception.