Helping an elderly woman with the crossword – Andrew Gepp‘s touching meditation on age and memory, read at Solstice Shorts Festival by Tony Bell who got so into the story the camera couldn’t keep up with him, hence the recording.
We had a lot of stories about old age and memory for the competition, this one stood out.
(Trumpets, drum roll, searchlights… you know, that sort of thing)
We are delighted to congratulate our twelve winners, who will receive various prizes including a surprisingly untacky trophy, and whose stories will be read at the festival, and published alongside a story from each of the judges in the forthcoming anthology, Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time.
Five Judges Special Recommendations will be announced at the festival at SUNSET.
Thanks to everyone who took part (all 106 of you), we appreciate your interest in our festival which we hope is the first of many, so there will be other opportunities in the future.
Short-listed writers will receive brief feedback sometime next week.
Winners will be announced live at The Story Sessions during short story week on 19th November.
Alex Bruty Andrew Gepp
Rebecca J Payne