Short story competition for adults

2021 Competition – winners announced

The 2021 Short Story Competition with the title ‘Breaking Point’ proved very popular, making judging the entries an enjoyable, but difficult task. Head judge and bestselling author Raynor Winn, selected the winner and runner-up from the shortlist chosen by the reading committee. She commented: ‘What a tricky one this year – these stories have made me think that lockdown has possibly given us all too much time to dwell on things and driven some of us towards breaking point ourselves!’

Winner – Lindsey Williams

‘The story about the school bursar and the mother who didn’t want her child to go to the school, I thought this one stood out above the others simply for the quality of the writing’.

Runner-upTrish Onken

A beautifully written story and the tree provided a very different take on the title. Such an important issue for our times.” 

2021 Competition winning entries

2022 Competition

The next writing competition will run as part of the 2022 Festival. It will again have a title inspired by the writings of Daphne du Maurier. Details of the competition with be announced in late autumn on the Festival website and through our social media channels.