Candy Jar Books have announced the winner of their annual Lethbridge-Stewart short story competition, which was launched at the end of last year.

This now yearly competition was first held as part of the 2017 Candy Jar Book Festival. It is open to previously unpublished authors, as Candy Jar Books looks to shed light on fresh writing talent. Entrants were tasked with creating an original piece of short fiction based upon existing characters within Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart series.

This year’s winner of the Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition has been announced as Gone Fishin’, written by Megan Fizell from Maine, USA.

Shaun Russell (Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books) has said of the winning story:

“All the stories this year have been outstanding and we would like to thank all those that entered, but there can be only one winner. Megan has written a wonderful story that took us all by surprise. Her instinct for characterisation is refreshingly different. In particular, we liked the way she portrayed the burgeoning friendship of the Brig, Sally, Anne and Bill. We look forward to working with her in the future.”

In addition, Andy Frankham-Allen (Range Editor of Lethbridge-Stewart) has said:

“This year the level of entries was particularly high, both in number and quality. And, although these stories are not part of the Lethbridge-Stewart canon, the entrants didn’t let that stop them exploring their imaginations! Shaun and I split the entries in half; he picked five finalists and I picked four. Our two top picks then went to Keren Williams, so she could pick the winner of the two. I’m delighted that Keren picked Megan’s story, as it’s a touching little tale and it’s always nice to have another female voice brought to the Lethbridge-Stewart range. Which, of course, Megan will as part of her prize for winning the competition.”

The winning entrant herself, Megan Fizell, has said:

“The inspiration for Gone Fishin’ came as much from Thoreau – ‘simplify, simplify’ – as it did from the desire to give some of the HAVOC crew a well-deserved break. I’m pleased the premise worked as well as it did.”

Fizell‘s winning story will be featured in the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection 2This publication will collect eight other exclusive short stories depicting the Brigadier at various stages throughout his life, including a piece by our very own Bedwyr Gullidge. These stories give readers a chance to see Lethbridge-Stewart like they’ve never seen him before! Included in this new short story collection will be:

  • Day Trip by Alan Darlington
  • Marooned at Teatime by Ryan Fogarty
  • Give Me Five Minutes by Mike Warrick
  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by James Connarty
  • The Eye of the Beholder by Gary J Mack
  • Summertime Blue by Alexander Whittam
  • The Mystery of the Locked Room by Beau Waddell
  • Nightmare at Lavender Lawns by Bedwyr Gullidge
  • Gone Fishin’ by Megan Fizell

Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection 2 is available to pre-order now from Candy Jar Books.

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