We're to announce that the annual short story prize has been adjudicated. The competition attracted a large number of entrants, so deliberations have been long but enjoyable, with many fine stories to consider and weigh up. This year's judge, Cinnamon's own Adam Craig, had a tough struggle deciding the top places, but he's made his decision, and here it is:
- FIRST PLACE:
'Dye' by Omar Sabbagh;
- SECOND PLACE:
'Squirrel Therapy' by Jez Noond; and
- THIRD PLACE:
'Sita in the Forest' by Balvinder Banga.
and the runners up were:
- 'Trio for Four Voices' by Jane McLaughlin;
- '(W + D – d) TQ/MxNa' by Diana Powell;
- 'Acts of Cruelty' by Jacqueline Haskell; and
- 'On Plymouth Hoe' by Jenny Holden.
You can download Adam's comments on all of these stories, together with a list of the highly commended and commended entries.
The above seven stories will be published in the forthcoming anthology, Ruins and other stories, due in May, 2017. Meanwhile, congratulations to the winners and runners up, a big well done to those writers with commended stories, and huge thank you to everyone that took part.