It hasn't been easy for our judge Linda Strachan. Faced with an impossible choice, to pick one from six brilliant stories, she's finally delivered her verdict.
But before we reveal the winner, Linda has a few words to say about what she was looking for in the story.
Linda: It was a very difficult decision to make as all of the shortlisted stories were strong and appealed for different reasons. I wanted a story that was well written, original in concept and yet still able to grab the reader it was aimed at and made me want to read on.
Writing a synopsis is always a challenge but it was also important to understand where the story is going and if it would be strong enough to sustain any initial promise to a satisfying conclusion.
So, without further ado, we can announce that the winning story is...
Wildlands by Emma Murphy
Linda: I was torn between all the stories on the shortlist, but Emma's entry combined great writing with a …