Our short story competition with Retreat West received quite the response - perhaps it was something to do with the brilliant prize of a free place on one of their writing retreats?

We received hundreds of entries, however a shortlist had to be settled on. After a whole lot of reading and whittling down, here they are!

Amazing Grace by Liv Sandwell

Courage by Linda Jorgenson

Educated Virgins by EK Haralambous

Of Cabbages and Wreckers by Louise Taylor

Paradise Lost by Michael Gordon Smith

Resume by Alexis Wolfe

Returning to Rester Lake by Anne Marie Dade

The Commute by Sarah Anne Juckes

The Song of the Rolling Sea by Phillip Stuckey

Watching It Go by Mark Mayes


The winner and two runners-up will be announced here by October 18th, with judge Jane Elmor due to provide feedback on each of the chosen entries.


The W&A Team