2015 Short Story Competition


Story title Author
Longing to be Legal Nigel Hall, East Dulwich, London
The Death of You Craig Whyte, Kensington Park, Australia
Where the White Poppies Grow Paul Barnett, Clevedon, Somerset
Apology to a Dead Nightingale Christine Tennent, Milton Keyes, Buckinghamshire
From Atlanta to the Sea Mike Deller, Greenford, Greater London
TORNASSUK Julie Hayman, Bath, Somerset
Terms and Conditions Louise Barden, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Honeymooners 1918 Tracy-Ann Neville, Comberton, Cambridgeshire
While You Were Away Dianne Bown-Wilson, Exeter, Devon
The Last Run Robert Smith, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire
Roller Coaster Richard Buxton, Worthing, West Sussex
Fifty Seconds Vanessa Wildenstein, Pikemi, Greece
Imbecile Craig Whyte, Kensington Park, Australia
A Little Luck Jo Derrick, Rugby, Warwickshire


First Place

Roller Coaster

by Richard Buxton

Second Place

Terms and Conditions

by Louise Barden

Third Place

A Little Luck

by Jo Derrick

Bedford Prize

From Delhi to Bedford

by Michèle Callard


The judge for both the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Competition was the best-selling crime novelist, Leigh Russell. Leigh Russell is the award-winning author of twelve, international best-selling novels. She has a Masters degree in English and American Literature, has taught English in secondary schools and tutored creative writing students.

Margaret Norwich studied liberal arts at Vassar College, New York. She then came over to England to read English at Girton College, Cambridge. As well as working in publishing and the voluntary sector, Margaret lectured for many years on English Language and Literature at De Montfort and Cranfield Universities. American born Margaret, now regards herself a true Bedfordian.



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