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Franco-British council short story competition 2010: 19-25 age group

This was the third year of the FBC/Prospect/Eurostar short story prize. The top three entries for the 19-25 age category are below

By Prospect   September 2010

1st prize

The Bully by Jack Boardman

We moved to Hull when I was fifteen. Papa told me that Hull sat in the mouth of a river. I looked it up on a map. With my finger I traced a straight line between Calais and the snarling mouth in the right rib of the U.K.’s side. I thought that maybe when I was there, from my bedroom window, I might be able to still see home, France.

The tips of the Humber Bridge were visible through dark trees with far-reaching limbs at night. I could not see the river.…

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