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Announcing the 2017 Short Story Winners!
12 Oct, 2017

Finally the wait is over! It's been an exciting few months here at Dragonfly and we are very happy to share with you the winners of the 2017 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition. This is the third year of our competition, run in association with the Henley Literary Festival, and we received an amazing 1300 entries across the adult and children's categories on the themes of Journey and Maps.

After a tough judging process, our shortlisted entrants were invited to a very special Awards Ceremony at Henley Town Hall, where Dragonfly's Georgia Ginsberg and short story judge Helen Lederer announced this year's winners to a rapt audience. See below for the names of our worthy winners!

Draginfly Tea 2017 short story winners

Photo Credit: Scarlet Page / Henley Literary Festival

Main Competition

1st Prize
Aimee White
Generation Lotus

Joint 2nd Prize
Julie Hayman
Anita Goveas
The Bombay Flying Club

Children's 12-15

1st Prize
Jessica Griffiths

Highly Commended
Henry Hindle
Anna Hughes
In Plain Sight

Children's 8-11

Joint 1st Prize
Rose Wakefield
The World at my Fingertips
Shreya Ghorpade
The Map of Wealth

Highly Commended
Daniel Beesley
The Treasure Hunt

Children's 4-7

1st Prize
Cora Batchelor
The Magic Fidget Spinner

Highly Commended
Alice Keen
Finding True Treasure
Emma Blake
Pirate's Stole My Bunny

Congratulations to all of our winners and runners up, and an enormous thank you to everyone who entered a story - we loved reading them! 

This year we have published two booklets with all of the shortlisted stories, if you'd like us to send you a copy of the children's, adults or both, please send an email to

Dragonfly short story competition books 2017


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