As part of The National Gallery’s celebrated Friday Lates, we ran our first ever short story competition for unpublished short stories of 1000-2000 words inspired by paintings or galleries - and boy were we impressed by the response! We had 88 submissions, and after much wrangling and debate, chose the five winners listed below. Heartfelt congratulations to these successful authors, and thanks to everyone who entered - the standard was extremely high and many of the stories really excellent.
The five winning stories will be read live by our professional actors in the elegant Room 61 of the National Gallery on the evening of their summertime Friday Late, which is themed around Inspiration. The event will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday 22nd July 2016. It's FREE and we encourage you to come along, admire the artwork, and of course listen to the stories! The winners will be published online after the event as text, podcast and HD video.
We were so impressed by the standard of work that we would also like to congratulate those who made the shortlist below, some of which we have singled out as Highly Commended (and some more of which we would love to consider for future events ... we'll email authors individually.)
NATIONAL GALLERY COMPETITION: SHORTLIST
Man on a Ladder by Caroline Greene *HIGHLY COMMENDED*
Olive at the Gallery by Esme Nott *HIGHLY COMMENDED*
Pruinescence by Claire Lawrence *HIGHLY COMMENDED*
Sid & Henry James by Jeremy Galgut *HIGHLY COMMENDED*
They Were the Only Ones Dancing by Emily Bullock *HIGHLY COMMENDED*
Michaela, No Saint, Triumphs over the Devil by Barney Walsh
Repetitions by Arike Oke
The Beginning of Wisdom by Raymond Walker
The Last Man on Earth by Anstey Spraggan
The Morning Walk by Emily Longmore
NEXT EVENT: NATIONAL GALLERY 'INSPIRATION' LATE
Friday 22nd July, 6-9pm, FREE