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.

2 thoughts on “Competition Shortlisting”

  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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