We're very pleased to announce that the winning entry of the June 2018 Dorset Fiction award is Cows, written by John Holland.
The judges thought the piece was fluid, descriptive, nuanced, and cinematic in its style, with a well-maintained and engaging pace throughout the story. This immediate demonstration of control and confidence in the prose gave excellent structure to the subject matter which was all endearing, imaginative, funny, touching, and just a little bit ridiculous. Overall a hilarious, creative, and well-written story.
Congratulations to Mr John Holland, the author, he will receive the £500 first prize for his story.
The 2nd place goes to Richard the English written by Selma Carvalho, and 3rd to Question One by Ariadne Thompson.
And the following commended stories:
A Dog Called Trevor by Glenda Young
A Sun in the Heart of London by Richard Salsbury
FAQs by Dan brotzel
Fiddles by Niamh MacCabe
Forgotten Beneath an Old Fig Tree by Lionel Ross Vincer
God's Will in Salzburg by Jane Wells
Homecoming by Adam Foster
Night Shifts by Rosie Garland
You can read all these stories, as well as interviews with the authors on our current Winners page.
Thank you to all the placed and commended writers, and your excellent stories. We are honored and humbled that you have submitted them to our competition, and we wish you the very best in your writing careers.
Until next time,
--The Dorset Fiction Award Team