Hélène James was a writer, dancer, herbalist and homeopath. She was a vivid, humorous and generous friend and mother.  She died in 2010 and this  short story competition has been established to celebrate her life.

The deadline for the 2014 Competition  is 1st July 2014.

See Competition Rules and To Apply for further details.

The winners of the 2013 Ifanca Helene James short story competition are:

First Prize:

Mike Watson, ‘The Scent of the Ocean’

Second Prize:

Veronica Bright, ‘A Hole in the Sky’

Joint Third Prize:

Gerard Loughran, ‘The Leopard’s Reward’

Joint Third Prize:

John Todd, ‘Five Foot One and a Half’

Congratulations to the winners.

Copies of the winning stories are on this website.

The following submissions were highly commended:

Norman Kitching, ‘Behind the Smile’

Margaret Webster, ‘Frozen Birdsong’

Tracy Fells, ‘An Understanding’

Tony Oswick, ‘Bread and Circuses’

Rosemary Gemmell, ‘Gloria’

Janet Marsh, ‘Playing for Change’

Lynne Parry-Griffiths ‘Something Borrowed’

We would like to thank all the writers who submitted this year. The work was of a high standard and it proved to be a difficult selection.