Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry into the 2023 Short Story Competition. All entries are currently being read and judges will soon begin reading the shortlisted entries. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony which will take place at Darlington Crown Street Library in April. All shortlisted stories will be published in the seventh anthology and all shortlisted writers will be invited to the award ceremony and given a copy of the anthology.
The winners of the 2022 Short Story Competition are
First place – ‘Crossing the T’s’ by Philip Sculthorpe
Second place – ‘Once for a Friend, Twice for a Stranger’ by Kayla Martell Feldman
Third place – ‘Sometimes My Annoying Sister is Right’ by Catherine Leyshon.
We were delighted to award Philip and Catherine their prizes at our award ceremony aboard the Teesside Princess on 25 April and welcome many of the shortlisted writers who are included in our sixth short story anthology.
Three stories were also highly commended by judges Jenna Warren, Ian Wilson and James Harris – they are
‘As Above, so Below’ by Laura Timms
‘Erosion’ by Penny Blackburn
‘My Nigel’ by Patrick Belshaw.
All thirty-one shortlisted stories appear in the sixth anthology, which will be available to borrow from libraries across the Tees Valley and to buy from Drake the Bookshop, Stockton and Book Corner, Saltburn.
Shortlisted authors are:
Jenny Adamthwaite – The Day the Spinach Wilted
Helen Anderson – When The Loveliness of Ladybirds Landed
Artemis – Strangers
Aaron Bailey – Orangutan and the Wig
Edward Barnfield – Warscapes (2024)
Jane Bradley – On Thin Ice
Chris Brock – Space and Time
Cathy Bryant – The Creator
Timothy Burton-Martin – Tapestry
Jo Clark – One Lane Closed Due to Incident
Beck Collett – Curiouser and Curiouser
Jacob Cook – The Idea of Tuesdays
Jo Derrick – Wearing Rags and Feathers
Julie Easley – Me and Mr Moone
Chris Foxon – The Mouse
Dean Gessie – The Competition
Amanda Huggins – Lounge Lizards
Phoebe Hurst – The Lady Vicar
Rachel Pattinson – Your Community Noticeboard
Bryan Pearson – Arrietta Einstein
Pam Plumb – Murdo Livan
Kelly Schweizer – The last report of J.L Woodgate
John Simmonds – Tommy Harris
Elinora Westfall – The Roses and the Weeds
Joe Williams – It is Your Birthday
Thanks to Scott Bonner for these incredible photographs taken at our short story award ceremony aboard the Teesside Princess in April.