“Writing is a solitary business, and winning a prize for a story breaks into that. It means I’ve connected. Instantly I want to connect again. And I want to do better than I’ve done.
"A story prize is an invitation to keep writing, and to join storytellers everywhere. What a crowd! So I’m back to reading a lot more, trying to learn from others, see what they’ve done, dumbstruck sometimes at the nearly miraculous attention, tenderness, understanding and mettle. I aspire!”
Kathleen Donkin (USA) 2nd prize, Short Story competition 2016