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.’