Little Gems set for 2015

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

Stella Frances—Fragments

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.

LG Peridot Cover 2015FC


A New Batch of Little Gems

The results are in for the RWA Little Gems contest, the competition to earn a place in our annual short story anthology.

Once again the Little Gems was a hard fought contest with entries requiring a score of at least 92.7% to gain a place in the Anthology. This year we were able to take 15 stories from the 69 entries with a good mix of historical, contemporary and paranormal. Something for everyone. Congratulations to:

First: Jean Versace

Second: Emmeline Lock

Third: Patsy Poppenbeek

And our other successful contributors:

Cheryl Baker
Gabrielle Battistel
Harriet Jarvis
Delwyn Jenkins
Cathryn Jones
C.A. Main
Dorothy Martin
Jennifer Rae
Ute Rozenbilds
Shayne Sands
Jacquie Underdown
Vanda Vadas

Thanks, as always to Lis Hoorweg, our volunteer judges and everyone who makes our contests possible.

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