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Meet the Winners | 2020 Short Story Prize

The 2020 International Literary Prize attracted a record-number of entries from over 25 different countries around the world. Although the standard was incredibly high across the board, here are the three writers who's excellent stories captured the judges' imaginations.

Meet the winners of the 2020 Short Story Prize:

3rd Place: Natalie Hamill

Snakes In The Grass

Natalie has always loved writing stories and spent most of her childhood daydreaming and scribbling. For ideological but possibly misguided reasons she studied politics and worked in political research in London, before travelling around Asia and then on to Australia to work as a veterinary nurse. She has also lived in Saudi Arabia and France.

No matter the career or the country the stories keep on coming and her love of writing has never faded. She recently won a short story competition in Australia and is currently writing her first book.


2nd Place: Charlotte McCormac

Apple Skins

Charlotte McCormac is a self-employed content writer and editor who works in rural Shropshire. When she isn’t line-editing fiction, blogging, or ghostwriting for major publications, she’s working on her short fiction, which explores the inner workings of the domestic.

Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies, magazines, and literary journals, including Indigomania, Dream Catcher, and The Curlew. She has just completed her master’s degree in Creative Writing and has created a series of free editing cheat sheets to help new writers hone their fiction.


1st Place: Kate Carne

Black Madonna

Kate Carne’s short stories have appeared in various Bath Flash Fiction Anthologies, The Bridport Prize 2017, The Hammond House ‘Leaving’ Anthology, and Dark Lanes Anthology 2020. Non-fiction work: Seven Secrets of Mindfulness, How to Keep Your Everyday Practice Alive (Rider, 2016).

Kate was born in the States and has spent most of her life in Oxford. Black Madonna, the winning short story in this competition, arises from a time when she lived in Brazil.


Join us for our online awards ceremony and meet some of the winners in exclusive interviews. You can watch it live on the 26th February at 7pm on our Facebook page.

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