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CONGRATULATIONS TO MY VERY TALENTED FRIEND J CARMEN SMITH who won this years READERS DIGEST 100-word-story prize of £500.

The judges said, ‘This story is full of unspoken, suppressed, emotion. It crackles with overlying tension and never overplays its hand. A hugely  impressive piece of writing.’
Joan said – ‘My story was inspired by a Victorian artist L. C. Henley,  which depicts a young woman reading by the fireside and idealises Victorian domestic  life. I wanted to twist the title and approach it from a modern, chilling perspective.’

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