Jun 05 - Short Story Competition Winners

The annual Short Story Competition organised by the Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry for Culture in conjunction with the Gibraltar Chronicle attracted a total of 350 entries from children in School Years 4 to 13 and adults. The awards were presented earlier today at the John Mackintosh Hall.

A panel of judges composed of Mrs Aida Delaney, Mrs Patsy Scott and Mr Charles Durante (pictured below) judged the competition.

The Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, said: ‘The Short Story Competition was devised to incorporate an element of literature alongside the music, theatre, art and other aspects more traditionally linked to the Spring Festival. I would like to thank everyone involved in this venture, including the Gibraltar Chronicle and the judges. However, my biggest personal gratitude goes in particular to the many people who put pen to paper and in doing so allow us to enjoy their vivid imagination.’

Charles Durante opened his speech by saying that human beings were “storytelling animals.” Mr Durante highlighted the variety and range of entries this year. He also singled out this year’s Spanish language stories for special praise.

The Prize Winners are:

Adult Category
 Winner: Yvonne Sacarello – ‘The Bay’


Runner-up: Jackie Anderson – ‘Morning Coffee’


Highly Commended: Vicky Bailey – ‘Message in a Bottle’

Highly Commended: Jane Casey – ‘The Yew Tree’

Years 11/13 Category
Winner: Botond Lassan – ‘The Odd one out in the collection’

Runner Up: Carmen Anderson – ‘A Last Shot’


Highly Commended: Pierre Leroy – ‘PX-The Missing Episodes’

Years 8/10 Category
Winner: Angelica Bosco – ‘The Guardian’

Runner-up: James Wilson – ‘Angel’


Highly Commended: Gini Lima-Gomez – ‘Always in Trouble’

Highly Commended: Raul Perez – ‘My experience at the Mossad’

Years 6/7 Category
Winner: Megan Edmonds – ‘Imagination’


Runner-up: Eva Baglietto – ‘Flashing Lights’


Highly Commended: Ana Sanguinetti – ‘The Book with no words’

Highly Commended: Izabella Searle-Matthews – ‘The Competition’

Years 4/5 Category 
Winner: Julia Cecile Mena – ‘Twin Trouble at Mena House’

Runner-up: Farrah Bruzon – ‘The Crazy Dance Class’ Highly

Commended: India Rawal – ‘Chance – A True Story’

Spanish Category Adult
 Winner: Mark Montovio – ‘Con fe venezolana’

Spanish Category Years 12/13 
Winner: Nicola Gee – ‘El dia que me robaron la vida’


Runner-up: Arianne Busto – ‘La humanidad del ser humano no es tan noble’

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