Writing competition 2020: and the winners are

For the third time running, Waterloo Festival, in collaboration with Bridge House Publishing, organised a writing competition over the winter along the theme of Transforming Communities. Writers were invited to interpret freely the theme in a 1000-word story. And we can now announce the winners!


Mehreen Ahmed: Dolly Gail Aldwin: The Price of Firewood

Christopher Bowles: Chroma

Maxin Churchman: Pulling Together

Jeanne Davies: Utopian Dream

Jo Dearden: A Small Clay Vase

Linda Flynn: Fishing in Troubled Waters

Anne Forrest: Number Twenty-seven

Dawn Knox: Rising from the Ashes

Roz Lyn: Circle Time

Paula R C Readman: Cobalt Blues Hanna Retallick: Bookclub for the Elderly

Theresa Sainsbury: Transforming Teenagers

Allison Symes: Books and Barbarians


These stories will be published soon in a digital anthology. We will be organise an online-live event with Bridge House Publishing and the winners in mid-June. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can access the past anthologies here:

2019: Transforming Being

2018: To Be...to Become

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