Southport U3A

2024 Short Story Competition

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“Everyone has a book in them” announced actor and author Elizabeth Morton at Christ Church in March – and so our Short Story Competition was born. We were naturally expecting some good 1,000 word tales from Southport u3a, but Elizabeth was bowled over by the quality of written words that you produced. She wrote “Judging them was really difficult, so many absolute gems. Each one shone a light, so wonderful to read”.

It was a difficult task but Liz eventually elected 6 stories which she felt deserved special merit.

Phil McNulty won the competition with ‘The Awl’, a tender story of a late father’s possessions, which he read out at our May meeting.

The winners were:-

  • First Prize – The Awl by Phil McNulty
  • Second Prize – Rainz by Alan Williams
  • Third Prize – Eve by Fiona Kapur

Runner Up – Matters of Life and Death by Keith Hammett

Special mention as a ‘springboard to a novel’ were

  • 1 = 2 by Hugh Shollick
  • Target by Patricia Duneen

All the stories are available below, for you to immerse yourself in. You are in for a treat. Well done to all our authors who put in so much time creating these funny, sad, thought provoking and enlightening pieces of work.

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