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Winner announced in our libraries’ short story competition

Published: 22 December 2022

The winner and 2 runners-up have been announced in a writing competition for adults run by our library service.


Derbyshire was the theme and libraries were looking for stories of no more than 55 words, in whatever style the writer wished. More than 100 entries were received.

The winning story is by Andy Forsyth from Matlock Bath and is called Leap of Faith:

Trembling on High Tor cliff she spied Matlock Bath folk scurrying ant-like far below. Recalling memories of her short life she realised none of them cared about her fate. It was time. Pointless to delay. She plummeted from the sheer edge. On broad wings the young buzzard soared over the Derwent into the Matlock sky.

Andy will receive a £20 book token.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“This competition has provided a great opportunity for writers to have their work seen by a wide audience and it is a wonderful way of celebrating our county.

“The entries were of a high standard and I congratulate the winner and runners-up.”

Read the 2 highly commended runners-up. They were Longshaw by Ann Lloyd from Dronfield, and Night Shift by Lynn Luddit from Chesterfield.

All eligible entries are being published in an ebook on Derbyshire Libraries' BorrowBox platform and will be available for all customers to read and enjoy.