Winning story 2017

First prize went to Louise Mangos for this touching tale of vengeance.

Blind Love

You learn to adapt when it happens at an early age. You memorise every wall of your flat and each corner of your furniture. Light switches are redundant when he’s not at home.

You hear when he’s a hundred yards from the door. His keys jangle like tiny cathedral bells. His guilt gusts in on the evening chill. She wears no perfume when he’s been with her, but there’s no hiding the musky odour of passion.

You know where all the buttons are on the stove. The radio helps you keep track of time. You smell the oil when it’s ready for frying. At the back of the fridge is a chicken breast, forgotten for a number of weeks. Slathered in your coriander and paprika sauce, you gauge the meat in the pan by the suppleness at your fingertips.

Revenge is best served half-cooked.

Longlist 2017

Here, in no specific order, is our longlist. Many thanks to all who entered and congratulations to everyone who made it through. Shortlist will be up on or by 21 April. Good luck.




Authors Beware

Blind Love

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Fire and Ice

Life Sentence

Masterchef Final


The Sleepover

Dead Spot


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