Costa Prize runner-up Louisa Young praised Bath writer Clare Reddaway’s skills when she presented the prizes in the Wells Literary Festival short story competition.
The festival runs competitions for poetry, short stories and crime fiction, with prizes totalling £1,900.
Louisa Young judged the short story section which was won by Clare with Living In the Shadows of Venus. Talking about the story Louisa said: “It was great. It did all the things a short story should do. It was very writerly, and it’s good for a writer to be writerly.”
Clare said: “To win is lovely and an enormous vote of confidence.”
The prizes were presented at the Bishop’s Palace, in Wells.
Louisa also discussed her novel about the First World War, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You , at yesterday’s third day of the ten-day festival. She said: “I’ve enjoyed the festival enormously. I am off to write another novel so that I can be invited back next year.”
Robert Seatter, from London, won the Poetry Section, with Shirley Wright from Bristol second, and Roger Elkin of Biddulph Moor, third. The Wyvern prize for a local author went to Jill Flanders, of Warminster. Brenda Bannister, of Frome, was second in the Short Story section, with Helen Yendall, of Blockley, third. Peter Murphy, from Pensford, won the Wyvern Prize in this section.
More than 350 poems, 200 short stories and 50 crime novels were entered.