On Tuesday 12 December at an event hosted by Rotary at Forest Hills Golf Club, we were thrilled to announce the Royal Forest of Dean Rotary competition 2023 winners f the short story competition.
The prizes and certificates were presented by Chair of Dean Scribblers and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Roger Deeks.
Each longlisted entrant also received a copy of the anthology containing their story. Money raised from sales to generous parents will go towards funding future competitions.

Category age 7 – 10 years

Winner: Seren Richfield with
The Day it all Changed (Family ticket to Clearwell Caves Christmas Display)

Judges’ comments:

The bookend structure of The Day it All Changed with its last minute twist was a great example of how short stories provide just enough detail for the audience to see the rest of the story
in their minds.

Second prize: George England with Keep Moving (£50 book tokens)

Third prize: Grace Empett with Magdon Heights (£30 book tokens)

Category age 11 – 14 years

Winner: Kimberley Bandy with
The Bird Revolution (Family ticket to Clearwell Caves Christmas Display)

Judges’ comments:

The Bird Revolution was an incredibly
entertaining story for children with lovable characters, about the
virtues of teamwork and kindness respectively.

Second prize: Lucibella Marley May Smith with The Spiral Stone (£50 book tokens)

Third prize: Kaiden Krasuski with Lost Souls of the Broken Chapel (£30 book tokens)

Category age 15 – 18 years

Winner: Jenny Compton with
Labyrinthine Whispers (£100 cash)

Judges’ comments:

A dark and mature theme
and plot, ghost story Labyrinthine Whispers was notable for its stand-out vocabulary and turns of phrase.

Second prize: Shayna Trim with Lost to Time (£75 cash)

Third prize: Caitlyn Prynn with A lone wandering mind (£50 cash)

Huge thanks to Rotary for their generous sponsorship, and to team members Mark Yonge (Rotary), and Ben Berry, Phil Jones and Cheryl Mayo of Dean Scribblers and Dean Writers Circle.