The Paragram Paradox Prize short list is now ready. It is incredibly hard for a judge to discard an item once a long list has been drawn up as those were the pieces of writing which really stood out from the many that were entered.
However, it is the lot of said judge to continue to pare and prune towards a winner. Claire Dyer has done a fantastic job with this and has generously commented in her judgements…
‘…gosh, how wide the interpretation of the theme has been! Religion, sex, love, philosophy, science, loneliness, sport, literature,window cleaners, dogs, art, war are just some of the topics brought under the paradox microscope by the wonderful people who entered this year’s competition.
The pieces that stood out for me were those which had a clever idea at their base, which were economical with language, used concrete details rather than dealing with massive abstracts, observed the technicalities of layout, exhibited signs of poetic craftsmanship, kept control of their material and had a confidence and swagger which I found appealing…’
The short list is:
|Humour||Jack||Houston||My Wife and God|
|Humour||Angela||Higson||A Social Occasion|
|Humour||Michael||Weightman||Black and White|
|Petite Prose||Amanda||Oosthuizen||Girl who Climbed|
|Petite Prose||Vivienne||Vermes||Fata Morgana|
|Petite Prose||Vivienne||Vermes||A Good Book|
|Poetry||Alwyn||Marriage||Conversation with Magic Stones|
|Poetry||Amanda||Oosthuizen||A Stone for Seeing|
|Poetry||Jack||Houston||Leon’s Last Act|
|Poetry||Marjon||van Bruggen||Negative Distance|
|Poetry||Tobi||Cogswell||Wrong Turn Ronnie|
|Poetry||Smita||Vyas Kumar||Rear View Forecast|
Very well done to those of you who are on this list and commiserations to those who may have missed out this time. Remember that you will all be represented in the anthology and so are winners already.
To those who are on this list…we will announce winners as soon as we can so hopefully you will not have to suffer too many sleepless nights of anticipation!
As usual the winners will be announced on this blog so make sure you check it out now and again.