Competition Shortlisting

My short story, Toe Dipping, was short-listed in the Write Space ‘Moving On’  competition. The judge, prolific short story writer and novelist, Della Galton said, “I know you didn’t ask for a critique, but because this story was so high in our shortlist I thought I might give you one anyway.  It might be helpful to know why you didn’t quite make it through because in many a competition I’ve judged this one would have been placed in the top three. This was a lovely setting, your characters are very well drawn and the message is good too.  I also liked the High Tide/Low Tide structure. So why didn’t it win? Well, I have to be honest and say that it was mostly because the standard of this competition was incredibly high.


  1. Well done Simon! High praise indeed.
    I’ve got Della’s ‘How to Write and Sell Short Stories’, which is great – lots of info about short story structure. If she thinks your story was good, you don’t need anyone else’s say so 🙂

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