AS MADhurst gears up for its 2014 festival of music, arts and drama, organisers are urging budding writers to put pen to paper and enter their short story competition.
The winning stories from last year’s competition will be available to view in the new library at the Grange Centre this month and again in August to inspire entrants.
There were more than 20 entries in the competition last year and the winners all received cash prizes.
They were: adults: best short story: The Last Forest Dweller by John Knight;
Runner-up: The Tower by Judy Fowler; joint good effort: Guilt Trip on the Number 60 Bus by Glenys Tupper and Finding The Road by C West.
Young people – best short story: Stasis by Robert Mathias; runner up: The Night of Many Horrors by Adam Carter; good effort: The Boat Man by Nhial Willerby.
Children: best short story: The Discovery in Battersea Park by Molly North; joint runners up: Taken by Ruby Pritchard and The Holiday by Charity Culley; good effort: The Lost Crown of Rhombero by Serena Davidson.
The story judged the best overall was Stasis by Robert Mathias.
Spokesman for MADhurst Alison Procter said: “The library, now at the new Grange, will be holding copies of the winning short stories for you to enjoy at your leisure in their lovely new surroundings for the month of May and August. We hope many of you will be inspired to pick up your pen to create an entry for the MADhurst 2014 Short Story Competition.
“MADhurst wants this competition to be about lifting a story into our imaginations and have it dancing there, and less about the correct use of commas and full stops.”
Full details of how to enter are on the MADhurst website www.madhurst.co.uk or in the library.