Announcing the winning entries...
1st Prize: A Night Out by Sharon Birch
2nd Prize: A Few Vital Minutes by Sarah Barr
3rd Prize: Enduring the Sun by Shirley Golden
Highly Commended: Free Running by Jenny Roman
The Girl In Red Shoes by Jo Carroll
Commended: The Billet-Doux by Gill Blow
This Beautiful Day by Elizabeth Xifaras
Tear Analysis by Joanne Fox
I found it so difficult to decide between the top five stories. All were worthy winners and very well written. It just came down to personal choice in the end. I picked A Night Out as the winning story, because it moved me emotionally and my heart was in my mouth as I read, racing to see what the denouement would be. I felt total empathy for the characters in the top five stories and willed them to be allowed a happy ending. I will be publishing the top three stories in future issues of The Yellow Room Magazine.