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Short story winners announced

Following the success of our map competition, Totnes Heritage Trust partnered with The East Gate Bookshop to run a short story competition for adults and children, once again based on the Totnes Map in St Mary’s Church.

We would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who entered. The standard of writing across the age groups was very impressive, but here, after much deliberation, are the winners:


18+ category

1st: How the Bridgetown Safari
Came to Be by Kip Pratt
2nd: A Different Thought of Train
by Valerie Belsey
3rd: The Tourist by Henry Knight


Highly commended:
Our Town by Fearn Kenyon
Where the Art Is by Judy McVey
Sunburst by Rolf Norfolk

12-17 category

Three best entries:
The Dark Room by Kallum Howard
Just Another, Annoying, Screeching Seagull

by Jessie Taylor

Death on the Dart by Freddie Wrigley

Under 11 category

Three best entries:

The Raven and the Plan by Aviva Fleisher
The Map of Alberton by Lily May Hilton
The Goblin by April Knight Lozano

 The competition judges were: Totnes’s very own Matt Harvey, author of the beautiful poem on the heritage map and known nationally as host of Radio 4’s Wondermentalist as well as for numerous highly acclaimed books of poetry; local town councillor and Totnes Heritage Trust trustee Georgina Allen - historian, journalist and the instigator of the Totnes Map; and fellow town councillor and trustee Emily Price - translator, copywriter and now novelist. All the entries were judged anonymously and the secretary of the trust oversaw the administration of the competition.


The Totnes Heritage Trust and East Gate Bookshop would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a success, and most of all the authors of the stories who entered into it with such enthusiasm.


The prizegiving will take place on Sunday, October 31, at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Church - on the Totnes Map!

Stay tuned for more information on when these stories will be available to read!

​​Entry to our competitions is free, but donations, however small, are always very gratefully received, either by cheque (payable to St Mary's Totnes Heritage Trust) or online at

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