Segora short story competition 2017

Presentation evening and writing workshop 14th/15th October.

The 2018 competition is open now. Closing date is June 15 2018
First prize: £300 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £30 or equivalent €


First Prize: Rejection, Richard Hooton (Mossley, England)
Second Prize: The Phone, Stephen Frame (Thurso, Scotland)
Third Prize: First Interview with Inge Morton, Frances Hurd (Havant, England)

Judge's comments

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the stories, and although the short-list jumped out at me, I found the final decisions very difficult. There were some beautifully written entries that only fell at the last hurdle because I wasn’t sure what had happened. I’ve learnt from my own mistakes that you must be absolutely certain that what is perfectly clear to you as the writer, is also perfectly clear to your reader. One or two lost out because, despite really wonderful writing, there wasn’t a story in there.
The three top stories, are the ones that, even after a third read, still made me tingle. They also made me think.
It’s been a real pleasure and I wish you all luck with your writing in the future.

Click on the buttons to read and download the winning short stories

Richard Hooton

Stephen Frame

Frances Hurd

Born and brought up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Richard studied English Literature at the University of Wolverhampton before becoming a journalist. He has worked as a reporter for several regional newspapers and is currently the News Editor at the Oldham Evening Chronicle. Richard has recently turned his hand to creative writing. He won the Henshaw Press Short Story Competition September 2016 with the story ‘Wolfsbane’, which features in the anthology Henshaw Two, and was placed in Writer’s Forum magazine’s short story competition with ‘Marked Cards’ and the Plymouth Writer’s Group International Short Story competition with ‘In The Dark’. He lives in Mossley, near Manchester, with partner Siân.

Stephen Frame started writing around six years ago, simply to see if he had enough words in him to put together a novel. With five published short stories to date and a third attempt at a novel under way, he is seeking the answer to the more difficult question of whether he can get a book published. Despite advice to the contrary, he insists on writing fantasy stories. It makes for a good riposte, when people tell him a man in his fifties shouldn't still be reading comics. He has the immense pleasure of living and working in the far north of Scotland. His super-power is that he can write in the same room his family are watching television in.
Frances Hurd is a historical researcher who occasionally enjoys writing fiction rather than fact. She has worked in publishing, academia and heritage preservation and lives in Hampshire, UK.

Highly Commended

Hannigan’s Eatery, Joe Eurell (Birmingham, England)
The writer has given the impression of a life both lived and unlived, with this skilfully written story focusing in on a cook’s last months at the American diner he’s worked in all his adult life. How much are we prepared to put up with before we snap.


Poseidon’s Gift, Bryan Thomas (Wivenhoe, England)
I loved the language used in this mermaid tale. The writer has turned a flight of fancy into something credible, by telling the story as though he himself believes in it absolutely. Romantic and poignant, I could smell and hear the sea.
Pride Before a Fall, Louise Mangos (Oberaegeri, Switzerland)
I couldn’t not put this story about old age in; it touched me so deeply and was so honest and human. Sometimes Pride can be the last thing to go.