Amnesty International Ely’s short story competition winners are announced

2014 winner Juanita Wooliscroft

2014 winner Juanita Wooliscroft - Credit: Archant

Award-winning local author Jill Dawson has chosen the winner and runner-up in the second Amnesty International Ely City Group short story competition.

First prize, of a hardback signed first edition of Jill’s latest novel ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, plus £50, went to Juanita Woolliscroft who lives near Holt in Norfolk.

Her story, ‘The Raid’, is written from the viewpoint of a young boy who witnesses violence in his village and becomes a refugee.

The runner-up was Sean Risdale from Cambridge for his story ‘In an Eastern Sky’, which is set in the Fens.

He received a copy of the Ely Group’s ‘A Taste of Freedom’ recipe book.

Both winning short stories can be read on

The Amnesty Group will be running the competition again in 2016, in memory of one of its founder members, Gareth Davies-Jones, who taught for many years at Witchford Village College. Jill Dawson has agreed to judge the short-listed entries again next year. As in the last two years, all proceeds from the entry fees will go towards Amnesty’s human rights campaigns.