The Little Gems competition for short stories of love has been decided for another year. This year, we have four official placegetters, and a further 11 stories which ranked highly enough with our judges to make it into the anthology.
First: Kat Colmer—For the Love Of Gnomes
Second: Rowena Candlish—How You Love Me
Equal Third: Lisa Barry—Peridot Silk
and Anne Prince—The Rules Of the Game.
Anthology placegetters (in alphabetical order):
Elizabeth Ellen Carter—The Tin Bear
Heidi Catherine—Peridot Eyes
Kat Colmer—Sweet Bombe Alaska
Nicole Grant—Lost and Found
Fiona Greene—Secrets Of the Past
Harriet Jarvis—The Enemy Next Door
Kerrie Paterson—Lost Love
Anne Prince—The Greening of Love
Ute Rozenbilds—Time Heals
Michelle Skidmore—The Peridot Package
Little Gems Manager, Lis Hoorweg, says:
The standard was very high once again. The 15 successful entries scored above 94%, and all of the 63 entries received scored 70% or above. As usual, the anthology will be available in a lovely print edition by conference time. Thanks to all our judges, and congratulations everyone!
Also decided is the winner of the Little Gems Cover Contest. This year, the winner is (once again) Sheridan Kent, with this fabulous cover.
Competition was fierce, with 4 covers making a hotly contested short list. Thank you to all entrants for their fabulous artwork, and to our final judging panel, including our expert judge, graphic designer David Whitbread.