Once again, The W&A team have been blown away by the number of entries for the short story competition this year – 2,108 to be precise!
Although no theme was set for this year’s competition, we saw some common threads emerging.
These included stories about dementia and Alzheimer's, mistaken identity, near-death experiences and reflections on life and mortality more generally.
Overall, the tales were more contemplative and reflective and our winning entries reflect these prevailing themes. They are linked by characters experiencing grief, loss and longing.
Without further ado, let's announce the winners!
This year's winner is... Evie by David Simmonds.
Feedback from Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook:
Evie is a cross-generational tale of family, love, memory, longing and untold stories. It has a quiet, reflective tone. It is well told, with a strong beginning, a clear, concise sense of time and space as we start the story right in the midst …