Emma’s ‘Jour­ney’ wins her a short story prize

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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.

Emma Smith.

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