Fathom 10 prizewinners announced

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A Barton upon Humber GP has won first prize for his poem, My Neighbour’s Lawn, in the Fathom Press Short Story and Poetry Prize 2010 competition.

Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler’s poem was chosen by Sheffield poet Frances Leviston for the top prize for its “mysteriousness” and because of the way it held her attention throughout.

“I can truly say that it was an unexpected win, which made it all the more enjoyable,” said Dr Jaggs-Fowler following the launch of the Fathom 10 anthology at a launch evening at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.

Joining Dr Jaggs-Fowler was Anne O’Connor from Beverley as first prize winner in the Short Story competition with her story, Terminations, which was described by the anthology’s editor, Nick Triplow, as “chillingly realistic.”

Both received £150 as winners in their category

Speaking before the announcement of the prize-winners, Mr Triplow said the anthology brought together the best new writing from northern Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding and features not only the three prize-winners in each category but also the shortlisted stories and poems from the region’s foremost literary competition.

“The whole idea of the anthology is to encourage people who otherwise might find it very difficult to see their work in print,” he said. “It is to enable people to have something to aim for.”

“I think this year the content is really strong – it is the first time we have had a Poetry prize which has been a resounding success.”

Second prize in the poetry competition went to Caroline Burton of Grimsby’s Driftnet Poets with Shaving Grandad with third prize going to Christy Hall of Beverley for Chub.

In the short story competition Cheryl Leaning of Winterton won second prize with The Fisto Kid and Steve Walsh of Hull took third prize with Direct Observation.

Also included in the book is the best flash fiction from Article Magazine, the area’s independent guide to arts and culture, which is also published by Fathom Press.

The anthology costs £5 and can be purchased from The Ropewalk on Maltkiln Road, Barton.

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