In the publicity for the 2016 competition we gave a strong hint that entries dealing with the topic of the European Union would be welcome. The winning entry, with a prize of £300, was a Czech student’s evocative account of a party in London on the night of the EU referendum, and what it might mean for her future. The winner was Jennifer Moore, with Ms Bernhardt’s Brexit.
Jennifer is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Guardian, Mslexia, Short Fiction and The First Line. She studied English Literature at Cambridge and is a previous winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. She lives in Devon.
The Pig, the Cupboard and the Reichsprotektor won second prize, worth £100. This is written by Jack Mullin, and is a comic account of a true incident that took place in Bohemia in 1942, in which an ingenious Czech householder goes to great lengths to prevent his pig being requisitioned by the occupying Germans.
Jack has lived most of his life in Ayrshire, working for the Butlin family and the Rank Organisation. In 1971-72 he moved to Prague, where he married a Czech, Libuse, and worked for a time in a local engineering factory and then at the British Embassy. He has now been retired for 18 years.
Our picture shows Jennifer Moore and Jack Mullin (right) with the BCSA’s Competition Administrator, Edward Peacock, when they received their prizes at the Association’s Annual Dinner in London on 25 November last year.
For the winning entry in 2016, Ms Bernhardt’s Brexit by Jennifer Moore, click here.