2016 Short Story Competition

Short Story Competition - Shortlist

Story title Author
Guitar Strings, People Strings Mike Fox, Richmond, London
How to Handle Space Sherry Morris, Islington, London
It’s Hard being Clark Kent Paul Barnett, Clevedon, Somerset
Paper Hearts Kathy Hoyle, Coventry
Star-Strike Victoria Chadwick, Tamworth, Staffs
Sugartown Valerie Thompson, Leeds, Yorkshire
The Forest Man Mike Fox, Richmond, London
The Losing of Life Nigel Hall, East Dulwich, London
Lifeline Paul Barnett, Clevedon, Somerset
The Worm Richard Salsbury, Denmead, Hampshire
This Here Land Miranda Luby, Kensington, Australia
Trust Mark Thomas, Withington, Manchester
Where Lies The Line Taria Karillion, Chester, Cheshire
Wildfire David Gibson, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Poetry Competition - Shortlist

Poem title Poet
Apostrophe Lucy Crispin, Kendal, Cumbria
Sepia Mark Totterdell, Exeter, Devon
Last Day of Childhood Mary Jane Holmes, Lunedale, County Durham
The Pylons are Leaving Home Paul McDonald, Walsall, West Midlands
The Wash Abegail Morley, Cranbrook, Kent
Valerie David Smith, West Hallam, Derbyshire
Stuck – to dad – with Araldite Simon Wrigley, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Moth Kim French, Harrow, London
Unreliable Narrator Abegail Morley, Cranbrook, Kent
Potho Sam Burns, Hoswick, Shetland Islands

Short Story Winners

This Here Land


Miranda Luby

The Forest Man


Mike Fox

The Worm by


Richard Salsbury

Short Story Judge

We are pleased to announce that the judge for the 2016 Short Story Competition will the author, Toby Litt. Toby Litt has several publications to his name both novels and collections of short stories. Born in Ampthill and a former pupil of Bedford Modern School, Tony is now a lecturer in creative writng at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Poetry Winners

Last Day of Childhood


Mary-Jane Holmes

The Wash


Abegail Morley

Stuck-to Dad-with Araldite


Simon Wrigley

Poetry Judge

We are pleased to announce that the judge for the 2016 Poetry Competition will the prize winning poet, Ian McEwen. Ian McEwen has had his poems published in a variety of magazines as well as producing a pamphlet, The Stammering Man and his first full collection in book form, Intermittent beings. He is interested in opportunities to broaden the practice and appreciation of poetry, through readings, workshops or residencies.

Bedford Prize Shortlist

Age Shall not Wither Daphne Warrick
The Noted Liar Shelly Dennison
Bonding in Brittany Francesca Tyrrell
The Butterfly Bag Jackie Thomas
The Care Home Joy Wilkinson
The Governor's Visit Louise Barden

Bedford Prize Winner

The Govenor's Visit


Louise Barden

Bedford Prize Judge

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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