We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competition:

1st prize ‘Sharp as Sherbert Lemons’ by Melanie Whipman

2nd prize ‘The Child’ by Ann Clifford

3rd prize ‘The Summer of the Whale’ by Andrea Wotherspoon

The award-winning stories will be available on the competition website in the next few days.

Sixty stories of a high calibre were entered for the competition this year presenting the judges with some fascinating reading and difficult deliberations. Guest judge, Jeni Williams, commented that the twists and wonderfully sustained metaphors of the winning story, ‘Sharp as Sherbert Lemons’, were terrific.

The judges would also like to mention the following shortlisted stories as highly commended:

‘The Taxidermist’ by Lucy Donald

‘Homecoming’ by Gemma Bowker

‘Parallel Track’ by Tim Robson

‘Woody’ by Richard Buxton

‘Junkle’ by Mark Gillespie

‘Paula in Pictures’ by Bruce Harris

‘Boy with Gypsy Earring’ by Bruce Harris

‘Reverse Arms’ by Sue Dickson

This year’s judges were Jeni Williams, Robin Bloor, Amanda Miles and Tracey Warr.