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Friday, 4 May 2012

Skyros writing competition - we have a winner!

With plenty of impressive short story entries to judge, Skyros Holidays facilitator and writing competition judge, Crysse Morrison, had her work cut out to decide the competition winners for the Skyros writing competition, in coordination with Writing Magazine...

"Many congratulations to everyone who participated, and thank you for giving me so many evocative glimpses of happiness. The final three were tales that caught my imagination for their strong individual writer’s voice, and the overall winner was the one that stayed with me for its vivid characters and for delightfully encapsulating one of those transcendental moments which we realise, even at the time, as the taste of happiness. 

With so many varied and highly personal interpretations of ‘happiness’, the task of picking out winners was really difficult! Quite a few entries featured illness or death, and dealt with possibilities of happiness despite a dark situation. Others looked at romance and relationships to provide the key. As a general tip, I’d recommend writers to find an apt and memorable title for their story rather than using the theme – it’s harder to make your entry stand out from the pile without one. " Crysse Morrison.

The results are in . . .

1st place – Winner of a Skyros holiday
'Happiness is a wardrobe slowly rising in the air' – Peter Wakefield

2nd & 3rd places – Winners of discounted holidays  
'Happiness' – Charlotte Rennox
'Well done for getting here' – Agnes Priddle

'Big Splash' – DEB Coxon
'The Happiness of Others' – Susannah Steel
'The Last Drop' - Linda Ibbett
'Innocent Energy' – Mark Whitlock
'The Happiness of the Heart' – Kay Seeley
'Happiness' – Jinny Thomas
'Walking Back to Happiness' – Denise Barnes

A huge congratulations to prizewinner Peter Wakefield, who will be joining Skyros at the Writers' Lab holiday with Crysse Morrison this September.

You can read Peter's winning entry here, at the Friends of Skyros website:

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