12 finalists announced for BookFest's Short Story Competition.

The annual Wimbledon BookFest Short Story Competition is a wonderful way for writers of all abilities to have their work read by a panel of first class judges. The 12 finalists will read at Wimbledon BookFest next month and be published in the BookFest's Collection of Short Stories. This year's theme was The Anniversary (real or imagined, spiritual or temporal) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wimbledon BookFest.

A very big congratulations to our finalists. The four judges commented on the "commendable level of writing" demonstrated and that the final 12 stories were "arch" "witty" "clever" and "neat".

The 12 finalists are:

Andrew Burchill
Roland Miles
Dan Brotzel
Caroline Brett
Simon Cheetham
Paul Donnelly
Ursula Round
Theresa Howes
Lisa Robertson
William Davidson
Anne Patterson
David Mathews

The 12 finalists will take part in a special a ‘Let the audience decide’ festival event on Friday 7 October at 6pm. From these readings the audience will decide the winner. The first prize winner will receive a wine lovers' escape courtesy of Winerist.

Vallebona will be offering complimentary refreshments on the night of the Short Story event during BookFest.

Every entry will be published in the Wimbledon BookFest’s Collection of Short Stories (subject to the judges decision). A free copy will be available for every entrant.

Get your tickets to the Short Story Competition here. It promises to be a fun evening!

2016 judging panel

Henry Hitchings: Evening Standard Theatre Critic and author

Sian Hughes: Short story writer and journalist

Leone Ross: Novelist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton

Jane Thynne: Author and Patron of Wimbledon BookFest

Thanks to short story sponsors


Winerist is an award winning travel website for wine and food lovers with over 3,000 off the beaten path experiences, wine tours, cooking classes and stays in the vineyard around the world. Our motto is "People drink stories, not wine!"

vallebonaVallebona is a Wimbledon based family-run business dedicated to sourcing the best Italian produce – from cured meats and cheeses to a wide range of Italian wines and pantry ingredients.

136RoehamptonThe University of Roehampton is ranked the best modern university in London and is Wimbledon BookFest’s education sponsor.

Lead Sponsors