From our juror of this year's competition, Ingrid Jendrzejewski: "First of all, huge congratulations go out to everyone who submitted a story to this year's Cambridge Writers' Short Story Competition. The overall quality was exceedingly high – much higher, on average, than most other competitions I've judged. I found something to admire in every single story submitted, and I found it incredibly difficult to pare down my longlist to only three prize-winners and three commended stories. I suspect this is partly down to the wonderful community that Cambridge Writers fosters!
"I also applaud the inventiveness and creativity of all the writers who tackled this year's theme, 'Revenge'. Revenge is a such difficult theme...difficult because it's so easy."
First prize went to Josephine Warrior for "The Hand Shake",
second prize to Tim Love for "No Contest",
third prize to Anna Forsell for "Newton's Third Law, Or What Harry Did on his Holiday"
Commended where Kathy English ('Teaching my mother to swim'), Mike English ('Spiritus ex Machina') and Margaret Jones ('Just you wait').
Congratulations to the winners and as usual the selected stories will be published as an e-book later this year.