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Open short story winner

1st Place


Andrea Wotherspoon lives in Thurso, Caithness, where she works in waste management by day and writes short stories for magazines by night. She has entered many Writing Magazine competitions has been shortlisted a few times but this is her first win. Her current writing goal is to complete the novel she’s been working on for three years, but the lure of short stories keeps pulling her away.

Short story 500-word story


The wind blows a blast of droplets – rain or sea, she isn’t sure – against her face. Today is not a day for a clifftop walk, but she wants to hear the tide, to see the angry swell so akin to the rage burning inside her. A rage at him, who she had once loved more than anyone, but who she now despises with a passion she can hardly believe possible.

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