Morley Literature Festival 2014 is pleased to announce the winners of its Young Adult short story competition.
1st place – Paul Ray
2nd place – Marisa Orton
3rd place – Whitney Griffin
Highly commended – Elizabeth Sladen
Entries were received from across the UK and as far afield as France. The shortlisting panel included Alison Brumwell (Artistic Director), Sarah Nuttall (Waterstones Leeds) and Imogen Bowen (Peer judge, Shelley Academy Trust). The Chair of the judging panel, acclaimed novelist Martyn Bedford, had this to say:
I greatly enjoyed reading, and re-reading, the four shortlisted entries and I would like to begin by congratulating all four writers for producing such thoughtful, engaging and well-crafted pieces of fiction. When it came to awarding the prizes, I found it tough to choose between them – not just because they were all written to such a good standard (which they were) but because they were so different in style and subject matter. It’s that old cliché about comparing apples with oranges. In the end, I based my decision on the extent to which the stories exhibited that extra spark of originality – of concept, subject or approach – which made me feel as though I was reading something unlike anything I’d read before. I was also looking to see which stories were the most successful in bringing their characters to life on the page, allowing me to enter their minds and see their world through their eyes.
Congratulations to our finalists and to all entrants in this year’s competition! To read their work click on the YA short story competition link.