Ringwood is delighted to announce that a winner has been chosen for the 2022 Ringwood Short Story Competition. The Alan Smith Prize for the best 2022 Short Story has been won by Maureen Cullen, from Cardross.

There were many good entries but two were outstanding. Kitten Heels, the winner, and Next Step, the runner up. Almost incredibly they were both written by Maureen Cullen, who therefore wins not only the main prize, but also the runner up one as well.

Maureen Cullen has a strong record as a Short Story writer, winning at least one prize and most recently being shortlisted for the prestigious UK V.S. Pritchett prize . Many of her short stories have been published in short story collections. It is proof of the growing stature of the Ringwood Short Story Competition that it has been won by a writer of such proven quality.

An interview with Maureen Cullen will appear on this website soon.

Both the winning story Kitten Heels and the runner up story Next Stop are now published on the website and can be read by clicking here.

Ringwood plans to officially award the Alan Smith Prize to Maureen at a ceremony to be held in Glasgow soon. Keep an eye out for details and trailers for this event on this website and Ringwood’s social media.

Details of the Rules, Terms and Conditions of the 2023 Ringwood Short Story competition, which is now open for entries, are on the Ringwood website at the Short Story Competition section here.