Short Story Competition 2021

In 2021, Morrab Library held a Short Story Competition. This page presents the winning entries. The competition was sponsored by member Nigel Castle, and prizes were donated by the Edge of the World Bookshop and we are grateful for their support. 

Adult competition

1st prize: The Allotment by Gabrielle Johnson – read it here or watch Maxine Peake reading the story here

2nd prize: When Raindrops Travel up Instead of Down by Jackie Taylor – read it here

3rd prize:  The Perfect Muse by George Mackay – read it here

Shortlisted: The Snap Tin by Dianne Noble – read it here

Shortlisted:  Panther Boys by Christopher Morley – read it here


Children’s competition

1st prize: The weather woman  by Evelyn Murdoch – read it here and listen to Des Hannigan reading to the story here

2nd prize: The Sound by Meghan Bridge – read it here

3rd prize: Memoirs of a Happy Hamster by Ilani Weeks – read it here

Highly commended: The Evil Sprite’ by Ulrik Sparkes – read it here

Highly commended: Ivy’s Bark by Rosie Van Vestraut – read it here 

Highly commended: Monster of Mounts Bay by Arthur Hughes – read it here

Highly commended: The girl, her curiosity and their animal adventure by Evelyn Moxham read it here

Special acknowledgement 

The judges were delighted by a submission from Library Member Mary Gabriel, who captured the spirit and endurance of the library during lockdown, finishing with a poem.  Read Morrab Moments here 



Competition Judges

Peter Moffat is a barrister turned-playwright and screenwriter. He was awarded two BAFTAS for his television drama ‘Criminal Justice’ and his recent series, ‘Your Honour,’ starring Bryan Cranston, aired last year.

Anna Murphy is a teacher and writer, and amongst others writes with Kneehigh Theatre and BBC Radio 4. She is also artistic director of the Writers Block, and collaborates with musicians Bagas Degol.

Des Hannigan is a journalist, travel writer and photographer – he is author or joint author of over fifty books about travel and has written widely about Cornwall’s coast and countryside.

Whether you’re an impassioned bibliophile or just someone who loves a good read, the Morrab is for you: a Cornish treasure house, a meeting place for like-minded souls, and a vibrant forum for contemporary writing.

John le Carré