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I run the Best of Times Short Story Competitions twice a year; once in Autumn and once in Spring. I advertise them to writers' centres and writers' groups and on Facebook. - C. A. Broadribb.


The Best of Times Short Story Competition

Spring 2011 results


Note: stories are available for reading only where the authors have given permission.


First Place ($150)

Dean Briggs, NSW: "A Traveller's Blog (Guides Do Not Get Lost)"


Second Place ($50)

Jo Virgona, ACT: "Kevin, the Recalcitrant Migraine"


Third Place ($25)

Dean Briggs, NSW: "I Think the Is Have It"


Funniest Title ($10)

P.S. Cottier, ACT: "Little Nell's death scene from The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, 'improved' into a happy ending by an alien's tool”


Highly Commended

P.S. Cottier, ACT: "Little Nell's death scene from The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, 'improved' into a happy ending by an alien's tool"

Ingrid Banwell, NSW: "Nearly Forgotten"

David Day, ACT: "The Sushi Girl"


Commended

Fiona Skepper, VIC: "How to Write for an Audience"

Paul Sterling (penname), VIC: “Stiff Luck”

Paul Sterling (penname), VIC: "The Secret Life of Frank Bliss"

Jessie Bate, SA: "Nothing to Lose but my Straitjacket!"


There were 49 short stories in the competition, from 40 entrants.