SHE short story competition winners 2010
SHE finalists and winning entry in our short story competition
In our March issue, we asked the budding authors among you to send in your short stories in the hopes of being published in SHE. Well, you entered in your hundreds and we read every entry. We were so impressed with the quality of your stories, covering a whole range of topics from holiday romances to childhood memories, that we really struggled to pick just five finalists. But we managed to whittle them down and the ultimate decision rested with our six judges: Crime writer James Patterson, fiction editor Rebecca Saunders, literary agent Sheila Crowley, chick-lit author Fiona Walker, romantic fiction author Santa Montefiore and finally Claire Irvin, our editor.
The decision was almost unanimous and Julie Noble's story, Sands in Time' was voted the winning entry. Rebecca Saunders described it as "so gentle and poignant and yet devastatingly heartbreaking," Santa Montefiore added that she "loved the imagery that gave me an uneasy sense of what was to come. Noble created a sense of place beautifully. I loved volcanic edges pushing up in crumpled ramparts." And Fiona Walker described it as "beautiful, lyrical and heartfelt."
As well as having her story published in SHE, Julie has won a goody bag worth over £200 full of beauty goodies and bestselling books. Get your hands on a copy of the August issue to find out more about the winning author and what inspired her story.
Here are the five finalists' entries.Click on each link to read the winning stories.