Yes, it certainly was entertaining.
First Prize: £500. ‘Escargot Africains’ by Sarah Isaacs. Sarah lives on the north-east coast of Scotland and was unable to attend the Award Ceremony. A prolific competition entrant, Sarah has suffered from ill health and considers her writing and creativity to be important in her recovery. Mr Stokes said of her entry, “This is an intriguing and chilling story of status grabbing and manipulation, with a depiction of a cold and atomised suburban society where appearance is optimum.”
There to collect his cheque for his second placed entry, Yellow was Mitch Johnson, pictured here with Olga’s son, Jeremy (left) and competition adjudicator, Ashley Stokes (right). Ashley said of his entry: “This is a compact, emotional story, full of understated anxiety and fine
character work; overall
it is a sharp and affecting slice-of-life.”
Third placed winner, Phillip Vine was also able to attend and be handed his prize. Summing up Chief Mustard, Ashley especially liked the story’s quirkiness, its use of mustard to explore the history of Cluedo versions and characters in the game. “The dialogue is very funny in this enjoyable and unusual love story,” he went on.
Phillip was also pleased to pose for the camera.
Seven “Highly Commended” certificates were also awarded to Valerie Bowes from Caterham, Surrey; Greg Cook from Diss; Maggie Davies from Tunbridge Wells; D.P. Dignam from Berkhamstead; Janet Swinney from London; Stella Whitelaw from Oxted, Surrey and
Christopher Woodhall from Dereham.
Well done all!
We hope to publish the winning entries here as soon as possible. Many thanks due to all the team, including Maureen who came in at the last with her work on designing and writing the certificates. Watch this space for the 2016 Olga Sinclair Open Prose Competition.