Emma’s ‘Journey’ wins her a short story prize
A WEST WICKLOW writer has won an annual short story competition for her composition, ‘Journey through Uncertainty’.
Business writer and housewife Emma Smith’s handling of the brief of a ‘true travel tale’ saw her take the top accolade in the annual Ouen Press International short story competition.
‘Contributors were encouraged to relay through their writing how they might have been changed by a “journey” or how their travels allowed them time to reflect and reinforce, or challenge, accepted viewpoints,’ said Paula Comley from Ouen Press.
In ‘Journey through Uncertainty,’ Emma brings the reader on a wild swim in a dark lake, full of doubt and self-recrimination. Aside from summoning the strength to stay the course, the reader witnesses the author’s contemplations on overcoming her fears and frustrations to test the boundaries placed, or perceived, in her daily routine and relationships.
‘We were delighted again with the global reach of the competition as we promoted a worldwide submissions policy – which reflects our interest in talented writers regardless of geography,’ said Ms Comley.
Emma’s story is included in an anthology of the same name, ‘Journey through Uncertainty and other short stories’, which contains the best entries. It is available at Amazon.