1st Place.......Heron by Maureen Cullen
2nd Place.....The Sommelier by Brian Kirk
3rd Place.....And it Begins. by Victoria Heath
Our heartfelt congratulations to Maureen, Brian and Victoria and thank you for giving us these dazzling works of art.
The stories that will form and give life to this year's Gem Street are impacting, lush and diverse. They have been thoughtfully chosen to reflect the specific feel we want for this anthology.
Amongst the stories are the quirky Princess and the Puppy Thief by Maggie Veness, where revenge and chiffon in the art world have never been such close allies and to new writers Will Haynes for his politically imaginative story, The People's Republic, and Ruth Geldard for her story about a young girl's traumatic inaugural journey The Parrot Dress.
For his brave tackling of dark secrets in the longer form of short fiction, we congratulate P.W. Bridgman for But No, Nothing;, and for satisfyingly unsettling us, we recognise Eilidh Nisbet and her story of how a disturbing myth has an irreversible impact on a hiker's life The Cauldron.
And finally, for his humourous tale of negotiations outside an American Bank in Singapore, Snake Charmed by Stephen Evans Jordan, and Paul Burns' story of a young woman's attempts to navigate through a world of madness and fetishes Beholden.
This year's anthology promises to be a classic.