The winning story in the international Willesden Herald short story competition 2013, as chosen by David Means is:
"Holidaying with the Megarrys" by Danielle McLaughlin.
Equal runners-up, are:
"All Its Little Sounds and Silences" by Barnaby Walsh
"Round Fat Moon and Jingling Stars" by Marie Murphy
First prize is a one-off Willesden Herald mug, inscribed "The Willesden Short Story Prize 2013" and £300. The runners-up each receive £150.
The prizes also include five copies of the anthology to each of the ten short-listed writers. You can read all the stories in New Short Stories 7, coming soon. Thanks once again to everyone who entered and to everyone who supported the competition over the years, especially this year's judge, David Means.
If you would like a masterclass in short story writing, David Means will be leading WordTheatre Writers’ Workshop & Retreat on July 5-July 12, 2013 in Edale, England. For availability and full information, please see
More: Short list and author bio's