Changing Natures

'Changing Natures' Short Story Competition

Find out more about the competition and read some of the winning entries here!

The 'Changing Natures' short story competition gave every member of the university community the chance to have their short story published alongside works from famous authors as part of the Great Read, a shared reading campaign which aims to build a sense of community and shared experience at the start of the new academic year when we welcome our new and returning students.

The short stories are all inspired by the theme of nature - whether that is human nature, the environment or the changing world around us. You'll have to wait until later this year when we share the anthology to read the winning entries, but you can enjoy the runners-up and 'highly commended' stories right now!

Undergraduate category

1st place - 'A Cadaver's Guide to Referenda' by Sammy Ali

2nd place - 'Orthoptera' by Kaya Purchase


3rd place - 'Apple Seeds' by Anton Caldwell

Apple Seeds


Postgraduate category

1st place - 'Loggerhead' by Saul Leslie

2nd place - 'Salutations!' by Jessica White


3rd place - 'In the Garden of Monsters' by Alex Carabine

In the Garden of Monsters


Staff category

1st place - 'Nothing Rests' by Professor Frank Shovlin

2nd place - 'Memento Mori' by Nicola Gregory

Memento Mori

3rd place - 'The New Companion' by Professor Michael Hauskeller

The New Companion

Highly commended: 'Olive' by Dr Shirley Jones Olive

and 'The Life in Waiting' by Marie Hardy The Life in Waiting


Colm Tóibín, Chancellor of the University, and author, explains the inspiration behind the short story competition:


Look out for the winning entries in The Great Read anthology, due in Summer 2021.

The Great Read

The Great Read 2020 banner

Find out more about The Great Read and the 2021 e-book anthology on The Great Read webpage.

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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