The competition to win free mentoring or a bursary place ended at the end of September. We're grateful to everyone who entered the competition. Supporting the competitions helps us to keep publishing amazing writers and it also brings wonderful new writers to our attention.

There were many outstanding submissions, which made adjudication a longer, harder task this year and making a final decision was the hardest it's ever been. But we're thrilled to offer huge congratulations to Dominic Swanson as the overall winner of the full bursary to develop his poetry collection, Reading Backwards.

Congratulations also go to Mark Wagstaff and Rachel Davies, each awarded a 50% bursary. Mark will be working on his novel, Dark Ground, and Rachel on her poetry collection, History Test.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Download the full adjudication.