Parracombe Prize 2022 Anthology

2022 Parracombe prize

The 2022 anthology is now published.

Warm congratulations to all who entered the competition – and commiserations to those who didn’t make the print anthology. After a rigorous marking procedure and several read-throughs, some tough choices had to be made. We believe our final choices reflect the formidable standard of stories submitted. The competition will open again on 1st November 2022 for the 2023 Parracombe Prize.

If you are in the UK you can purchase a copy of the 2022 Anthology direct from us @ £8.99 postage paid. If you are local to Parracombe please message us.


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For worldwide purchases please go to Amazon.


We are delighted to unveil the winners of the Parracombe Prize 2022.

First prize went to
Alison Allen for her story – Growing Power

In second place was
Fiona Thackeray for her story – Are We There Yet?

Jointly in third place
K A Bigelow with Many Happy Returns
Marcella Hourihane with – El Scorcho

A further 32 stories were long-listed and will be be included in the anthology. These were:
 Clare Reddaway – The Stoat
Ruth Edwardson – Don’t Forget Your Dancing Shoes                                         
Kenneth Pimentel – Karth8 
Martin Phillips – All the Things You Aren’t 
Hilary Orme – The Yellow Man
Valerie Bowes – Playing Safe
Leks Drakos – Here is my Heart                    
Gladys Chudley – The Knife                               
Rosa Chalfen – Nicki   
Tom O’Malley – Love in Paris
Maureen Cullen – It Would Take a Miracle
Rishika S – Unshackled
Thomas Smith – Faithful 
Gerry Webber – The Misbegotten
Richard Hooton – Hunger
Alexandra Gough – The Goose Thief                    
Dean Gessie – Transitioning                          
Gregor McKinlay Spinks – The Despised                         
KA Bigelow – Porch Light                            
Wendy Swarbrick – Gnawing Worries                   
Dan Micklethwaite – Troglodyte Redux                  
Anil Classen – The Seven Year Itch              
Emma Ayteen – Dear Neighbour                     
Jean Hyland – Migrants                                 
Peter Dunn – No Stomach For It                 
Ros Levenson – Too Much Information
Chris Cottom – DIY Derek                             
Chris Cottom – Veedon Fleece 
Tim Hatton – The Last Trip to See Ernest   
Tadhg McCullough – August                                    
Sultana Banulescu – Damn Lucky Sometimes       
Sherry Morris – The Gospel According to Penelope