So here we are.
It seems like it was only a few weeks ago when we launched the Shallow Creek competition, inviting people to enter the quirky town where anything could go. We’ve read some amazing stories along the way – we’ve laughed, we’ve cried and more importantly we’ve been left with disturbing imagery and creepy notions of village life that will haunt our souls for years to come.
We originally launched the Shallow Creek writing competition as an experiment – not knowing if there would be much in the way of feedback, interaction or activity. Initially, the idea was to create a town like Innesmouth, Twin Peaks or some cosmic bleak corner in the far crevice of the universe where all the nasty things could go and play their twisted little games, and we were genuinely blown away by the response. Everyone who entered captured the imagination and quintessential atmosphere of the town, and we hope it’s left its mark on you, as it has us.
To give writers a character, location in the town and an object could have massively backfired in our faces, but somehow it’s worked, and it’s thanks to you – the writers and contributors that arrived in the town and got what Shallow Creek was all about. So thank you. We were going to release an e-book of the final stories that made it into Mallum’s tome, but the response to Shallow Creek has overwhelmed us, so we’re looking to do something a little extra to showcase the talent on display here. But I’m sure ol’ Uncle Mallum would like to tell you more in the upcoming days…
For now, I’ve prattled on enough. You want to know who won the competition, don’t you?
Of course you do.
The First Place Winner of the Shallow Creek writing competition is…
– Brian Wilson –
– Daniel Carpenter –
– Stuart Crosskell –
Dave Danver’s Final Foray Into All Things Woo Woo
The winners will shortly receive an email with regards to their prizes, and stay tuned for more news in the upcoming days for all things Shallow Creek!
But for now, join STORGY in congratulating the champions of Shallow Creek on social media, or leave a message below about your experiences in the town – Mallum will be waiting with a vintage Chianti and some delicious nibbles for everyone!
If you loved Shallow Creek, then you can find the details of our previous dystopian anthology, EXIT EARTH, below!
Twenty-four short stories, exclusive afterwords, interviews, artwork, and more.
From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom, not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, EXIT EARTH is yours to conquer.
EXIT EARTH includes the short stories of all fourteen finalists of the STORGY EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition, as judged by critically acclaimed author Diane Cook (Man vs. Nature) and additional stories by award winning authors M R Cary (The Girl With All The Gifts), Toby Litt (Corpsing), James Miller (Lost Boys), Courttia Newland (A Book of Blues), and David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals), and exclusive artwork by Amie Dearlove, HarlotVonCharlotte, CrapPanther, and cover design by Rob Pearce.
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