Cunningham Short Story Competition 2019

Winners Announcement

 Willowdown Books are pleased to announce the following eight short stories have been selected for the third international short story anthology, to entitled NINE FRAMES, created in memory of the late Robert Hamilton Cunningham, the maternal grandfather of the competition founder and editor Trevor Maynard


The winning stories and authors are


"Thumbs Up" by Teri Bran, "The Race" by Mike Friers, "Misanthropes" by Dean Gessie, "White Flags" by RD Girvan, "Starlight" by Piet Pedersson, "Elan" by Kevin Michael Patrick,

"Your Table is Ready" by Greg Voss, and "Serious as a Heart Attack" by Lynne Zotalis


These eight stories will be published along with "George", a story inspired by the paternal grandfather of the editor by Trevor Maynard.


The overall winner for 2019 is Mike Friers who receives a prize of  $100 


Comments on ‘Our World’ and ‘Life Dances’, the anthologies of 2018 and 2017 respectively.

“The storytellers voice their tales in distinctive and interesting ways taking us from Viet Nam, to the US, from a centuries-spanning tale of femininity to a memoir of an iconic film director’s wife.  I feel I learnt of the world from others’ perspectives, it opened my eyes.”  Don T (OH)

“Entertaining and thoughtful short stories, with my particular favorite, the truth-based life on which the competition itself was set up in memory of.”

Kim L (CA)


1.  Press contact Trevor Maynard at poetry@trevormaynard.com on 0 44 7966 079968 or by snail mail at Willowdown Books, 105 Crockford Park Road, Addletone, Surrey, UK, KT 15 2LP

2. The winning authors are: Teri Bran (UK/Aus), Dean Gessie (Canada), RD Givran (Canada), Kevin Michael Patrick (US/Spain), Mike Friers (UK), Piet Pedersson (UK), Greg Voss (US), and Lynne Zotalis (US)

3.  Trevor Maynard set up the Cunningham Short Story Competition in honour of his maternal grandfather Robert Hamilton Cunningham (1911 – 2006), who was a bit of a raconteur, and a decent ballroom dancer.  The brief for the competition was to tell a story of the world from eyes anew

4. The first prize in the 2017 anthology “Life Dances” went to Sandy Norris with NO GOING BACK

The first prize in the 2018 anthology “Our World, Your Place” went to Rebecca Evans with VEILED

The winner of the 2019 anthology “Nine Frames” went to Mike Friers with THE RACE

5. An addition story, not in competition, “George” will be included by Trevor Maynard in honour of his paternal grandfather, George William Maynard (1916-2001), who could also spin a tale or two. 

6. Trevor Maynard is a UK based poet, writer and editor.  As well as the Cunningham Short Story Competition he is the editor of the international poetry anthology series THE POETIC BOND, now in its ninth year.  His latest poetry collection is GREY SUN, DARK MOON.   Trevor is also the author of several plays.  Further information at http://www.trevormaynard.com

7. The Poetic Bond – the ethos behind choosing poetry for the modern audienece

The process of selecting poems for publishing The Poetic Bond series is unlike any other in that there is no set plan as to what will be published. It depends on the themes which emerge from the pool of work submitted, or to put it another way, the poetic energy which comes together at this certain time and place.  Where themes emerge, patterns of energy harmonize, form bonds, connections, and these in turn lead to interconnected chapters, and the creation of a holistic volume, deeply connected with humanity, nature, and the universe.