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Regular followers of the blog will have noticed I’ve been posting details of major writing competitions this year, and I’m delighted to let you know that I’ve just won the 2015 Bath Short Story Award.  I’ve shared rejections and revisions and smaller successes on Top of the Tent, so it’s really marvellous to be able to say I’ve won a ‘biggie’ of the short story writing competition circuit.

Prize Cards Waiting

Prize Cards Waiting

I’d like to formally thank the organisers of BSSA – Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger and also the many readers involved in the early stages (1003 entries), plus the judge of the short list, literary agent, Carrie Kania.

Jane, Anna and Jude

Jane, Anna and Jude

I missed a few days of build up to the announcement as I was travelling between Dubai and Belfast and was without an Internet connection.  On Wednesday at 11am, I logged on at the library in Lisburn, Co Antrim, and got the exciting call from Jude just before noon.

Jude about to call me!

Jude about to call me!

My story is called ‘That Summer’ and you can read it over at the Bath Short Story Award website along with the other prize winners.  I’m really looking forward to a trip to Bath later in the year for the launch of the anthology, but they are very kindly posting my cheque before then.  That however, is simply the icing on the cake, or maybe the strawberry on the pavlova.

BSSA treated their reading team in Bath

BSSA treated their reading team in Bath

* All photos are from the Bath Short Story Award team’s Twitter feed – I missed these until much later in the evening when I finally caught up with replying to all the lovely messages and congratulations from the writing community on Twitter.  What a fantastic day.  Next job is printing copies of the story for my family to read.

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