The Evening Standard announces the winners of its annual Stories competition. Now in its third year, the competition gives a new generation of creators from across the UK the opportunity to tell their stories in diverse forms through written word, video or audio, and receive industry support.
This year, applications were encouraged from anyone with an original story about the theme of Belonging told in a fresh and compelling way. Kelvin Hill won with his short story ‘The Gift’, about a family coming to terms with their psychic powers.
1,300 entries went through two initial long-listing processes before a shortlist of 12 entries was submitted to a final judging panel. Judges selected one overall winner and two runners-up. Second place went to Elizabeth Fisher for ‘Forty Fifth for my Forty Five’, about a pop star coping with their fall from fame. Third place went to Joe Bedford for ‘Maria’, a tale of lost love.
Evening Standard editor Dylan Jones said: “The Standard has always played a role in shaping the creative life of our capital city… Our Stories competition enables us to continue this tradition, discover new voices and champion our incredible talent.”