Marlene or Number 16 by Yelena Moskovish has won the 2016/2017 Galley Beggar Short Story Prize.
We're proud and happy to say so. This is a tremendous work by a talented writer. You can judge for yourself by buying a £1 copy here:
(Singles Club subscribers will be sent a copy later today.)
We're keeping our powder dry because Yelena going to be the subject of a Bookseller profile very soon... so I shan't say too much more about the story for now, beyond the fact that while it was hard saying no to the other wonderful stories on our longlist and shortlist, it was a great joy to see this one win. Our judges Sarah Crown, Alex Pheby, Chris Power, Eloise Millar and myself were all certain that Yelena Moskovich had written something very special indeed.
Talking of those judges, it's my pleasurable duty to thank all of my fellows. They have been astute, good-humoured, and just-argumentative-enough. They gave a lot of time to the judging process, read each story with dedication and care - and we owe them a great deal of thanks.
Thank you too, to everyone who entered the competition. As I keep saying, Elly and I have been bowled over by the quality and quantity of the entrants. We're certain that many of those who entered this year will be able to produce even better work in the future. We know we saw a lot of writers who are going to go on to great things. And we're looking forward to hearing from you again. It's been a wonderful and reassuring experience.
We're also happy to announce that we will be holding a prize event with readings, Q&A and liquid celebrations at the Greenwich Literary Festival on 27 May 2018 (with huge thanks to Patricia Nichol and the festival organisers for hosting us). The event will also coincide with the launch of the 2017/18 Prize opening for submissions.
That's right. We're getting ready to roll again. And if the next competition is anything like as good as this year, it's going to be a blast.
Thanks again - and well done Yelena Moskovich. You wrote a damn fine story.