Winners of the first ever short story competition were announced at the fabulous Festival Finale on 11 July. Entrants came from as far afield as China and Singapore, Canada and Scotland. The list is below and the winning entries can be read on the winning stories page.

Congratulations to Shirley Muir from Scotland, the adult winner, being presented with her certificate here by author Joanne Graham:Shirley Muir-JoanneGraham

(photo Sam Box)

Youth Entries

12-18 years

1st prize  The Painted Lady by Amy Wei, aged 17 from China

2nd prize  However Hard It May Be by Honor Wellington, aged 15, from Greenwich

8-11 years

1st prize Summer’s Child by Abi Jones, aged 10, from Haywards Primary School

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2nd prize Going to the Seeeeaaaasiiiide by Xander  Cleak, aged 11, of Wallingford

Adult Entries

1st prize Trapped by Shirley Muir from East Lothian, Scotland

2nd prize The Half Way House for Abandoned Characters  by Melissa Kay from Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire