The first Cymera/Shoreline of Infinity short speculative fiction competition was for previously unpublished writers living in Scotland.

 We had two age categories: 14-17 year olds, and 18 years old and above. We were honoured to have two excellent judging teams who volunteered their time and their skills.

For the 14-17 group Laura Lam and Eris Young, and for the older group, Anne Charnock and Neil Williamson. Read more about our judges here

The two winning entries are published in Shoreline of Infinity 15, to be published on 7th June and launched at Cymera Festival.  Each winner receives a prize of £75.

Without further ado, we announce the winners.

14-17 years Category

Winner:

The Woods by Cleo Luna

Runners-up

Life and Death by Simon Ezra-Jackson

The Creature by Daniel McConnachie

This is what the judges had to say about 15 year old Cleo Luna’s story:

“Written in poetic, mature prose, The Woods manages to convey a great deal of vivid imagery for such a short piece of writing. With stream-of-consciousness narration the author builds a gradual portrait of a tragedy, shown in glimpses, as if through a covering of leaves.”

18 years and above Category

Winner:

A Letter South by Beth Nuttall

Runners-up

Echo Chamber by Lyndsey Croal

The Weavers by S.A.M. Rundell

This is what the judges had to say

“We were impressed with the range of stories, enjoying everything from humour to horror, warnings to wonderment, glimpses of the magical and a variety of future Scotlands. An impressive display from rookie writers that promises well for the future of Scottish SF. While it was difficult to winkle out a winner, we felt A Letter South, with its quiet portrayal of a grim future, of an isolated community desperate to keep in touch with the outside world, offers a touching vision of a Scotland where there will always be hope.”

You will be able to read the winning stories in Issue 15 of Shoreline of Infinity, or come along to hear them read out loud at the Event Horizon on Saturday 8th June 2019.

The runner-up stories will be available to read on our website after 9th June 2019.

Both Cymera Festival and Shoreline of Infinity offer our congratulations to the winners, a big thank you to our judges, and a massive round of applause to all our entrants. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who submitted a story to our competition - we really enjoyed the great variety of stories we received, and we hope you will keep writing!