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By Tom Chatfield  

Thanks to all who took part in the inaugural Prospect/Franco-British Council prize for a short story of under 1,000 words inspired by France, which was awarded in May by an illustrious jury including Julian Barnes, Ian Rankin, Bonnie Greer and our own ex-deputy editor, William Skidelsky.

Congratulations, in particular, to the two winners: Sarah Collier of the University of Salford (in the undergraduate category) for “The Face,” and Caitlin Hart of St Paul’s Girls’ School (sixth form category) for “Heat.” The standard of writing was, Barnes noted, “very high,” with entries “creating believable and quirky characters—a real achievement in under…

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