Winning Stories 2021

Due to the ongoing health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Awards Ceremony was once again held online. The ceremony occurred on April 17. 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

  • WINNER — Cherries by Inès KAUFFMANN
  • RUNNER-UP — Take It by Anna STEKETEE

Under 18, non-native speaker

  • WINNER — Million Dollar Man by Sarah FUKS
  • RUNNER-UP — A Stain of Paint by Ekaterina JGENTI

Adult, native speaker

  • WINNER — The Vigil by Adrian BUTLER
  • RUNNER-UP — Cha Cha Cha by Charlotte STURGESS

Adult, non-native speaker

  • WINNER — Widow to the Court by Cornelia KLEIN
  • JOINT RUNNER-UP — Another Mask by Olivier UBANELL
  • JOINT RUNNER-UP — He Saw Heaven by Karin EHRET

The Short-listed Stories

The Competition Committee and the judges would like to congratulate all 57 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

  • The Time Traveller Named Zuri by Edoardo BROWN
  • Cherries by Inès KAUFFMANN — WINNER
  • Fly With Me by Isabella LOTVONEN
  • The Beginning: Destiny Unfolds by Dhruv REDDI
  • Take It by Anna STEKETEE — RUNNER-UP

Under 18, non-native speaker

  • Million Dollar Man by Sarah FUKS — WINNER
  • Maze Without Exit by Danilo GERDIJAN
  • A Stain of Paint by Ekaterina JGENTI — RUNNER-UP
  • Document One by Fahad RAJA MUHAMMAD
  • You Are Lucky by Lilia SCHNEIDER

18 and over, native speaker

  • A Story of Mary Mellon by Kelly J. AVON
  • The Vigil by Adrian BUTLER — WINNER
  • Send in the Clowns by Jody GOCH
  • Cha Cha Cha by Charlotte STURGESS — RUNNER-UP
  • Invasion of the Moths by Mike WRAITH

18 and over, non-native speaker

  • He Saw Heaven by Karin EHRET — JOINT RUNNER-UP
  • A Bridge in the Himalayas by Felizitas FISCHER
  • Widow to the Court by Cornelia KLEIN — WINNER
  • Another Mask by Oliver UBANELL — JOINT RUNNER-UP
  • Western Definitions by Stèphanie WILDESHAUS