Short Story competition winners
It has been an extremely exciting few months here at Dragonfly, all culminating in the announcement of the winners of our inaugural short story competition, Story in a teacup, at the Henley Literary Festival.
We’ve always felt that tea and the literary life just seem to fit together, and the response to the competition has been simply overwhelming! Using the names of five of our delicious teas as inspiration, Story in a teacup encouraged young and old to pick up a pen and let their creativity take flight. We received a deluge of inspired and original tales from keen amateur writers all around the country, all bearing the titles Swirling Mist, Moonlight Jasmine, Green Gaucho, Emerald Mountain and Skinny Dragon.
By the closing day, we had received over a thousand entries across the four prize categories! The stories touched on all genres and demonstrated some fantastic talent. An intense and rigorous judging process propelled a select number of entrants to the shortlist from which the winners were chosen. We owe a huge thank you to our fantastic and very committed panel of judges, which included Jojo Moyes, the award-winning author of Me Before You; Helen Lederer, the comedian, writer and actress; Sandra Parsons, Literary Editor at the Daily Mail; and Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child.
To the celebrate the competition and promote the finalists, Dragonlfy Tea hosted a marquee at the wonderful Henley Literary Festival. Visitors were welcomed into our relaxing space over the course of the weekend and offered tea and chocolate brownies to enjoy whilst they read through the published shortlisted stories.
The final prize-giving ceremony took place in the Town Hall on Sunday where the judges and the Dragonfly Tea team celebrated the success of all of the finalists, applauding their efforts and creative skills and announcing the much anticipated winners.
1st Karen Martin
2nd Kat Lougheed
3rd Natalie Hayden
1st Jane Healey
2nd Rosie Travers
1st Isabel Knight
1st James Wakefield
We would like to congratulate the winning writers and say a big thank you to everyone who entered. It was wonderful to see how this competition ignited storytelling and we were truly impressed with the high standard of entries we received. The winning stories will be published on our blog over the next few weeks, so make sure to keep any eye out and enjoy reading these original works.
All images courtesy of James Gifford Mead/Henley Literary Festival