Winning Stories 2020

This year’s Awards Ceremony was the second in which the winners read excerpts from their stories to the audience rather than their entire story and the first where they did so online.  To read an excerpt from each winning story, simply click on the story’s title below.

Winners and runners-up in each category

Under 18, native speaker

Under 18, non-native speaker

  • WINNER — “Paralyzed” by Jacob KORADIN
  • RUNNER-UP — “A Cab Ride at Night” by Lia GOLDMAN

18 and over, native speaker

18 and over, non-native speaker


The Short-listed Stories

The Competition Committee and the judges would like to congratulate all 67 writers who entered this year’s competition, especially the short-listed writers listed below, for their contribution in making this year’s competition a success.

in alphabetical order by writer

Under 18, native speaker

  • Northern Downpour by Kaley DULIK
  • She’s Not Safe by Ines GROZEVA
  • Sound of a Lonely Cry by Zoe HELLYER — RUNNER-UP
  • Welcome back Eleanor Foster by Izabella LANNIN — WINNER
  • Batter and Butter by Laura TEN BERGE

Under 18, non-native speaker

  • The Annual War by Adam EL YOUSFI
  • Invisible by Lilah FREEMAN
  • A Cab Ride at Night by Lia GOLDMAN — RUNNER-UP
  • Paralyzed by Jacob KORADIN — WINNER
  • Metrom by Dorian SIEGRIST

18 and over, native speaker

  • Favourite Lullaby by Kelly AVON — RUNNER-UP
  • Fable for a Schlag by Iona BERMON
  • The Accordion Player by Roger BONNER — WINNER
  • Once Upon a Time in Singapore by Hazel LIN
  • Liverpool Street by Sonja WIRWOHL

18 and over, non-native speaker

  • All Ablaze by Christian HEDDESHEIMER
  • Inedible by Marlene JÄGER
  • The Date by Cornelia KLEIN — RUNNER-UP
  • Life Begins in Twenty Days by Bohumila OTTOVA
  • A Dog’s Diary by Olivier UBANELL — WINNER