The winning story of the June competition is The Old Man written by Marie Gethins. An engaging, mysterious, and truly terrifying story with more than a hint of obscurity. The plot was well structured with a controlled tempo, and the prose was nuanced, commanding, and smooth. The subject matter was unique and creative and continued to blossom in the mind long after reading. All together an extremely good submission, which we felt had the slight edge to be placed as the winner.
2nd place is On the Tropes by Bartholomew Cryan. A piece of intellectual and comedic brilliance, extremely well-planned and imaginative. It showed a unique command of the English language.
3rd place is Tea by Lucy Flannery. A very touching and relatable story. The prose had a great flow and was well written. The use of objects within the story was also powerful.
The commended stories (alphabetical) are:
The Black Bull by Hamish Adams
Breaking the Chains by Valerie Bowes
It Lies With You by Wendy Dranfield
Orly by John Holland
Right Eye Mythologies by Gillian Dockins
Silence and Laughter by Veronica Bright
There for the Taking by David Stephens
All of which are unique, creative, and brilliantly written stories which demonstrate a huge amount of diversity and talent. It was no easy task to choose the winner.
Congratulations to Marie for her excellent story -- she will receive the first prize of £500.
The winning story and runner-ups as well as interviews and biographies of the authors are available to read via our official Winners page, or by navigating through the links in this post. We hope you have as much fun reading them as we have. Every story will also find its way in to the official anthology early next year.
The funds raised by this competition have been donated to the fantastic International Otter Survival Fund to help with their amazing work conserving and caring for Otters and their habitat around the world.
Another big thanks to our guest judge Dr Pat Garrod for his extremely valuable help in choosing the winner. If you haven't already, check out his website and brilliant book Bearback: The World Overland.
And thank you, once again, every contestant in our competition. The submissions we received were tremendous, and we hope everyone will think about entering again once our next competition opens (which will be very soon!).
Until next time,
--- Dorset Fiction Award Team