Thank you all so much for your beautiful stories.
The team of ABC and myself have read, sorted, re-read, and discussed almost 50 stories with lots of pleasure.
We have finally made a decision on a winner, two runners-up and a special mention.
See below for the winning stories.
Congratulations to you!
The winner gets a free 2-hour creative writing workshop with The Story Lounge and a voucher worth €50 for the American Book Center. Your story will be placed on this page as a centrepiece and will be promoted throughout our socials.
The runners-up will each receive a voucher for the American Book Center worth €25 and will also be posted on this page for all to read and admire.
The Garden People
by Vicky Hampton
“This is a delicate story of a woman in solitude, dealing with old age, death and life in a youthful surrounding. The story is set in a garden that seems to portray a micro version of our world in lockdown. It is gentle, well-rounded and beautifully written.”
The 2 runners-up (in random order)
by Allen Gibson
“We were quite taken by the small phrases, which conveyed tangible emotions. The setting is small and simple, yet shows us tender feelings we can all relate to. The background of the lockdown enlarges the intimacy between our main characters.”
by Talis S. Archdeacon
“In a smart and sensitive take on the future of COVID we feel a tense and intimate relationship between two young people and their struggle in a viral world. Through small and subtle details, we get a global view into a threatening future.”
by Marina Giacosa
“This is a poetic view of a train of thoughts, where words, rhythm and story are intertwined smartly and consistently. The writer plays around with her words, unveiling an intimate world to us while doing so.”
See links to the stories below!