Announcing the Winner and Runners up of the World’s Least Prestigious Writing Competition.
I do love a bit of false modesty. For a long time I described Blue Poppy Publishing as “The World’s Smallest Publishing Company”. As time went on, I had to change that to “Devon’s Smallest Publishing Company”, but now I think I am correct in saying that it is not even “Ilfracombe’s Smallest Publishing Company”. However, a writing competition that I ran attracted just 23 entries. It was limited to entrants from Devon and the stories had to be set in Devon. As such, I think it is not going to threaten any of the global contests that take place.
Nevertheless, lack of quantity does not mean that the quality was not good, because it was. We had some brilliant stories and these will be part of an anthology to be published later in the year. They will be joined by a few more stories that have been submitted since the contest ended to make it a good sized book.
But WHO WON? I hear you ask.
OK – without further ado. The winner was Colin Smith with Stand and Deliver, a comedic story about a temporally misplaced highwayman holding up vehicles along the North Devon link road and around barnstaple. Colin is a stalwart of writing groups in South Molton and Barnstaple, and has been included in several other anthologies including “Mystery Magic and Mayhem”
There were then five runners up by four writers which were all so close together that I decided to award the remaining £250 in equal portions.
So that meant a completely new writer Jade Ruby won £100 for two of her entries which got into the top six.
And the remaining three prizes of £50 each went to Jane Bheemah, Lalla Merlin, and Alex Morrison.
Well done to everyone who entered. Now to get to work on producing the anthology.