1st Place: ‘Glorious’ by Lea Mc Carthy

‘Gloria?’ I whisper into the darkness of the ward. ‘Wake up.’ I have the torch of my phone lit so I can see her old eyes open slowly, all sleepy and cruddy. ‘D’you want to go to the zoo? To the black bears?’ I repeat myself twice to make sure she is certain. She nodsContinue reading “1st Place: ‘Glorious’ by Lea Mc Carthy”

2nd Place: ‘Tigers Have Striped Skin’ by Davena O’Neill

The heart of a shrimp is located in its head. They say the heart can rule the head, but it can lead you into trouble. Maybe shrimp are romantic. Or dumb. Dad eats shrimp, pulls the heads right off, and sucks the liquid out. Mom says men’s brains are between their legs. Guess that’s whyContinue reading “2nd Place: ‘Tigers Have Striped Skin’ by Davena O’Neill”

3rd Place: ‘The Morning After’ by Anthony Bradley

‘It’s my fault.’ ‘There were two of us.’ ‘Still it was me who…’ he seemed squeamish on this point, ‘you know…’ ‘Look it doesn’t matter now.’ She didn’t want to discuss details on the street, for fear the infection of rumour (already palpable the night before) would turn into an outbreak, spreading among their friendsContinue reading “3rd Place: ‘The Morning After’ by Anthony Bradley”