The Bill Naughton Short Story Competition 2013
Bill Naughton's success as a writer stems from his ability to appeal
to a very broad spectrum of readers in a manner and style that can be
easily understood. Therefore, in judging our annual short story competition
priority is given to stories, which, in our view, display qualities similar
to those found in Bill Naughton's work. However, this rule is by no means
exclusive and we are most eager to acknowledge excellence where we find
A great short story must echo in the reader's mind for a long time - it must compel him to pursue all its implications and question all possible outcomes.
In a novel there is scope to spell things out and in effect to tie up all loose ends, but in a quality short story, little must be said yet everything implied.
Rules and Conditions:
[No Entry Form required.]
Friday 6th September 2013.
First: € 200.00 / Second: €130.00 / Third: € 65.00
Simon Downs (Competition Secretary) oversees the judging process and his decision and that of the judging panal is final.
First: "Rigid Inflatable" by Henrik Heckmann (Ireland)
Second: "Moving Home" by Mike Sheehan (England)
Third: "The Music Box" by John Kenny (Wales)
Results from past competitions.
Short Story Anthology:
The ten best stories will be published in an anthology entitled SPLINTERS if the general standard is sufficiently high.