Short Story Competition 2023 - Results!
Happy New Year!
Mani Lit Fest 2023 was the usual creative combination of partly organised, partly chaotic, literary fun. We are profoundly grateful to (and consistently surprised by) the generosity of all the writers, performers, volunteers and participants that make Mani Lit Fest a unique event. Patriko Café Bar did us proud, as usual, and thanks to the generosity of local business Greekscape we were able to offer a cash prize for our Short Story Competition.
A massive thank you to everyone who entered our writing competition. Your imagination is awesome. Some stories were hilarious, others shocking and some deeply moving. If you didn't make the short list, don't be too disappointed. The standard was impressively high. As judge Deborah Swift said, 'they were a joy to read' and 'any one of them could have won'.
Just so you know, we both read them all twice, independently of each other. Since Theresa anonymises them, she is the only one who knows who wrote what. Then we compare short lists. In this case, we arrived at the same five stories, with each of us bidding for one more. We sent the seven on to Deborah Swift for
her adjudication. Read the winning stories below, or visit our Lit Fest Library.
The short listed authors were Stephanie Smith, Liam Smith, Penny Rogers, Luisa Summers, Kalman Dean-Richards, Matthew Ellis and Dawn Brown.
Though it was difficult to choose, in the end Deborah decided to award:
First Prize (€70) to Liam Smith's 'Inheritance', 'a well-rounded story which kept the reader gripped'.
Second Prize (€30) to Luisa Summer's 'Blood Revenge', 'a well-written powerful story about motherhood and tragedy'.
Once again, thank you to everyone who makes Mani Lit Fest so special. We hope 2024 brings you good books and even better friends!
With all best wishes,
Theresa & Mel