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Great stories, and a big announcement…

2014-02-13 19.26.29We packed out the Brunswick again for our first show of 2014, with 8 stories chosen from our biggest crop of submissions yet.

We kicked things off with a big announcement about the launch of our Brighton Prize.
This short story prize offers writers the chance to win cash, as well as a place on the bill at our Brighton Festival Fringe show, and all the kudos that comes with being a prizewinner.

First prize is ??400, with two runners up prizes of ??50. Head over to www.brightonprize.com for more details – and follow us on Twitter @brightonprize.

And on to the show….

Lucy Britner opened the night with her flash piece ‘It’s Your Funeral’ – a funny story of love gone more than slightly wrong, which raised a good few laughs.

2014-02-13 22.39.14Next up, Alice Cuninghame read ‘The Last Client’, a not so funny tale of a world where staying alive, means stealing dead flesh for scientific research.

Linda Baker took us into the desert and gave us her take on archaeology with ‘The Fake’.

Holly Dawson gave us ‘Everything Here Belongs in a Cage’ – a beautiful, thought-provoking story of art and deafness that will surely stick with the audience for a long time.

Pete Maguire read ‘Have the Schemes of Nature Succeeded in Dreaming You Pure?’, a very funny story featuring a talking sheep and its well-meaning would-be saviours.

Heather McKenzie gave us the evening’s second piece of flash. ‘Out of Time’ had the audience hooked with its tale of time-travel refugees.

Nicolas Ridley read ‘Always’ – an atmospheric story of life in the faded other-world of Britain’s old colonial outposts.

And finally, Bill Parslow (one of our very first readers back in 2011) gave us The Reversed Fish – a political story with fairytale roots.

More pictures in the gallery.