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 Ä


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 wasnít sure what had happened. Iíve 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 wasnít 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.
Itís 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

Highly Commended

Hanniganís 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 cookís last months at the American diner heís worked in all his adult life. How much are we prepared to put up with before we snap.


Poseidonís 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 couldnít 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.