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One from six: the 2014 Costa Short Story Award

The judges of the Costa Short Story Award are you, me, that guy sitting opposite you on the bus, and the woman in the supermarket who drops a box of Extra Large eggs and walks away pretending it wasn’t her. The judges are the public. Two weeks ago I downloaded the six shortlisted stories from the Costa Coffee website, and read them. You can read them too here. At this stage, the authors’ identities were anonymous, their names were disclosed only on January 21. So I had no idea what to expect; it’s not like picking up an edition of stories because you like the theme or have read that author or editor before. I wanted to be fair to each writer, reading each story carefully, being open-minded. The official winner of the Prize, announced on January 28th, is Amanda Readman’s ‘The Keeper of the Jackalopes’. My winner, for what my single vote is worth, is Still Water BC by Erin Soros [above]. It took me instantly into another world, the pathos of the story, the foreshadowing of the title, set it aside for me from the others. The six finalists, chosen from 1400 entries, were:- Still Water, BC by
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