Back in the summer (remember that? When the sun shone for a couple of days?), I told you about the Costa Short Story competition.
No, don’t get excited – no-one from the blog’s won (as far as I know!) and I definitely haven’t won because I missed the deadline and didn’t even enter. (Bah! New Year’s Resolution: be more organised!)
Anyway, they’ve shortlisted 6 finalists and the stories are on the website here if you want to read or listen to them.
I chose not to listen on the basis that these stories weren’t written to be broadcast and I thought they might lose something if I didn’t actually read them on the page. But I realise that for some busy people, listening means they can do something else at the same time.
You can vote for your favourite, if you feel so inclined, although I don’t think that has any effect on the overall result.
What’s interesting, is that the authors of the 6 stories are anonymous. Obviously someone, somewhere, knows their identity but the judges didn’t when they chose these 6.
And because it’s a pretty prestigious competition, with some hefty prize money at stake (£3,500 for the winner), there’s a good chance that some, or all, of these stories will have been written by some well-known writers (but then again, they might not!)
It’ll be interesting to find out who’s written them and whether anyone well-known wins, when all is revealed in January.
Let me know what you think of them, if you get chance to read/listen.
If you were a judge, which one would you award first place and which two would be the runners-up? I’ve got an opinion, of course, but I’ll keep quiet for now and let you decide for yourself….