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Ladies and Gentlemen,

roll those drums, for we have our winners!

This year saw a record number of entries to our ghost story competition, and we couldn't be more excited to share our winning stories with you all. It was a very tricky job to narrow the entries down to only ten adults' and two children's stories, but late last night we received word that the final decision had been made. And here it is...

Adult First Place

(appearing in our upcoming anthology)

Dead Time

by Sandra Morgan

Children First Place

(appearing in our upcoming anthology)

The Ghost Twin

by Beatrice Wiseman

Adult Second Place

(appearing in our upcoming anthology)

What Three Words

by Claire Marsh

Children Runner-Up

(appearing in our upcoming anthology)

The Devil's Foundry

by Thomas Cox

Adult Third Place

(appearing in our upcoming anthology)


by Jonathan Parr

Shortlisted Stories

(appearing in our upcoming anthology)

Among the Clouds Above by Suzanne Thorpe

Five Days To Christmas by Helen Speirs

Man of Wood and Stone by Steve Wade

Storm in a Teacup by Jan Snook

The Curse of the College Museum by Peter Cackett

The Viewing by Ronald J. Greig

The White Flag by Hazel Knox

The judges would also like to make special mention to those who reached the longlist, as their stories missed out only by the thinnest of margins.

Longlisted Stories

Blue Moon Ghosts by Ann Rhodes

Cold Spot by Geoff King

Family Traditions by Cathy Dyer

Fragments by C J Grace

Four Feet by Rob Waft

Hide and Seek by Madeline Armstrong

The Connecting Door by Sam Szanto

The Piper's Cave by Craig McGlashen

The Wedding Harp by Kevin Crowe

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. We cannot begin to tell you how pleased we are to see the future of the ghost story tradition in such skilled hands.

This year's anthology will be available on 1st December 2023.

We'll be in touch with prize-winners over the next few days. In the meantime, shout your success from the top of every tower, and make sure you tag us in any social media posts!

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