THIRD PRIZE: Spell Cat for
Appearing by Richard J. Jones
Richard spends a lot of time talking
about writing with his dog Daisy – and, now and again, actually settles down to
do some. He is a lecturer in English Literature at The Open University and won
The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize in 2015.
‘A surreal, sensational delight that will transport its readers into an
alternative world where they become part of the narration and the words come
All three stories appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar
available to purchase here
The judges also commended the following
Reflection by R. G. Allen
is a writer and comedian. He lives in the south of Sweden with his wife and
Mistake by Claire Dopson
Claire lives in London, works in
marketing and writes children’s fiction. She loves a good adventure both on and
off the page and is a keen traveller and hiker.
What Mummies Are
Made Of by Stephanie Hutton
Stephanie is a short fiction writer and
clinical psychologist in Staffordshire in the UK, who came to writing later in
life. In 2017 she was nominated for ‘Best of the Net’ and shortlisted for the
Bristol Short Story Prize.
Why Are You Doodling,
Moira M? by Sophie Kirtley
Sophie is originally from the Causeway
Coast and now lives far too far from the sea in rural Wiltshire. A graduate of
the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, she has recently
completed her first children’s novel, Hartboy,
which was shortlisted for the 2017 Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize. Sophie is
fond of worms, bees and cats but is not a fan of slugs.
Book by Mike Lucas
Mike is the
author of picture books and poetry anthologies for children. He owns a bookshop
in Adelaide, Australia and is also a full-time engineer. He has very little
Not-Quite-Right Kite by Heather Reid
Heather lives in Perth, Scotland where
she writes stories and poems for adults and children.
Astrodog by Michael Stevens
Michael is a songwriter and father of
four who lives in Dublin. He co-founded Popical Island, Ireland’s most beloved
music collective and DIY record label. He recently started writing fiction for
children and finds it to be just as much fun as songwriting, with the added
benefit that it doesn’t involve carrying huge amplifiers and trying to hear
oneself over the drummer.
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