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Short Story Competition 2022 Results

A big thank you to our judge Denise Barnes (AKA Molly Green) for judging the 2022 short story competition, with its theme of 'memory'.

We are delighted to announce that the winner is A Poet’s Widow Writes To Her Late Husband by Irena Karafilly.

Denise commented ‘I felt I got to know the woman's relationship with her husband through her way of speaking directly to him, and now he had died I wanted to read on to see how it would play out where the widow was concerned. Excellent writing, so congratulations to the winner!’

Irena Karafilly's latest book ARRESTED SONG was released in March 2023.  For more details on this and Irena's other work, visit

Denise also chose a runner-up, Ordinary Promises by Lindsay Bennett Ford.

She comments that ‘The story caught my attention quickly just by one sentence halfway down on the first page: George called last night. Immediately, I wanted to know who George was. He must be significant or writer wouldn't have mentioned him in what might read as a flippant way, but you just knew it wasn't flippant at all.’

Lindsay Bennett Ford is hoping to read her story at Mani Lit Fest 2023, so we look forward to that.



Congratulations to both of our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered.

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