The winning entries
We have already said that the standard in 2014 was, in the judges’ opinion, the highest ever. What better tribute could we have in our anniversary year? We first ran this competition 15 years ago to celebrate our 25th birthday, and not long afterwards held what is now an annual travel-writing workshop to help aspiring writers hone their skills and make that move from unpublished to published. The two events are now linked, with graduates of the workshop often reaching the finals of the competition.
This year's winners, from left to right: Lucy Clark, Elizabeth Gowing and Flora Carr
The theme this year was Meeting the Challenge, chosen because running a successful publishing company for 40 years has certainly not been plain sailing. And what a wonderful variety of challenges our writers came up with! What follows are entries from the winners and runners-up in the three categories, and a selection of other submissions that were either Highly Commended, Commended, or simply appealed to one of the six judges.
Sceptics sometimes ask “What does it matter if something is well written as long as the story is good?” Read the following prize-winners and you’ll know the answer.
Unpublished: Meeting the challenge by Lucy Clark
Young writer: A lesson in Trini by Flora Carr