The Winners 2014

  • After I'm Gone by Laura McKibben

    The day after my death, there are no tears, only a booming silence. It reverberates throughout the house, at its loudest in the spaces I had most often frequented; my bedroom, the comfiest chair in the living room, the seat at the kitchen table which...

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  • The Lion's Share by Lara Prior Palmer

    ‘This way!’ I say. ‘I don't think so,’ he replies, glowering menacingly and charging off in the wrong direction. ‘That’s the bog of Battsengal soum. You’ll drown us both.’ ‘Good. I ain’t stoppin’. I’ve got mates this way.’ I hold on as the ground whips past...

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  • Abandoned Desire by Lara Hopkins

    I was young. Too young. I’d envisaged a life of pride. A life where I could cheer him on at Cheltenham, Kempton, Punchestown even. Maybe he could persuade an owner to put me up in a couple of amateur races and I could fulfil my dream of winning over the...

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  • The Double by Philip Weldon

    I sat at my desk, distracted. This was the last thing I wanted to be doing the night before Gold Cup day. My mind was wandering, as I feebly attempted to decipher Shakespeare’s Macbeth...

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  • The Re-Run by Isabel Woodhouse

    ‘Johnny! …’ I try not to hear him. ‘Johnny! Come here!’ I hurry into the bathroom, and turn the shower on. ‘Johnny! Come here right now!’ That’s the third time. He doesn’t like to ask for things more than once, let alone more than thrice...

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  • Beach Race by Fureya Nelson-Riggott

    Did you ever wonder if you were born into the wrong family?...

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  • Priceless by Lucas Coppin

    “Did you have a good day?” Mum bellowed back to me whilst looking into the mirror. “No, Mum… I had a great day!” I smiled back at her and started to rewind the day in my mind, over and over again...

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