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Ghost Story Competition.
Ghost story competition

Today I’m very pleased to be announcing the winners and shortlist of our 2017 Ghost Story Competition.

Judging this competition is one of the great pleasures of working with The Fiction Desk, and this year’s entries have been very strong indeed, possibly the strongest to date.

As usual we’ll start with the shortlist. All of these authors will receive a three-volume subscription to our anthology series:

  • Richard Agemo: The House Friends
  • Jacqueline Burgoyne: Borrowed
  • Alastair Chisholm: Exhalation
  • Amanda Crum: The Body Farm
  • Will Dunn: Des Nuits Blanches
  • Philippa East: The Archivist
  • Randi Berg Ferstad: Benjamin
  • Amanda Mason: When the Dark Comes Down
  • Henry Peplow: Take Me Home
  • Victoria Richards: The Camera
  • Darren Todd: What Meets in the Dark and Rain
  • Christopher Youds: The Reclaiming

And now the winners:

  • In first place (£500 prize): Will Dunn: Des Nuits Blanches
  • In second place (£250 prize): Philippa East: The Archivist
  • In third place (£100 prize): Richard Agemo: The House Friends

Congratulations to all of the above writers. Again, it’s been a particularly strong year for entries. We’ll be putting the winners of this year’s competition together with the 2016 winners and a selection of other stories in our next anthology, New Ghost Stories III.

The next edition of our ghost story competition will open for entries in November 2017. Keep an eye on the competition page for more details closer to the time.