It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that the winning story in our competition is The Chocolate Summer, by Barbara Leahy of County Cork in Ireland, with the runner-up being Indefinite Delay by Norman Coburn of Fife.
This was a challenging exercise on our part and we would like to stress that because your own story wasn’t a winner doesn’t mean it might not go on to triumph in another competition. As it is, your entry has contributed to a worthy cause and you are in possession of a fresh short story which we hope you enjoyed creating.
Nearly all the members of ninevoices have had stories which were rejected first time round but went on to be shortlisted or to win in a different competition. Our mantra is that of Sylvia Plath: I love my rejections. They prove I’m trying.
We will shortly post Chocolate Summer on this blog.