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Announcing the results of our NOIRVILLE Short Story Competition.

First of all please accept our apologies for the delay in announcing these results - we were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of entries and the judging task was immense.

All entries were judged entirely blind by an external panel of judges who were given no clues as to the identity or writing experience of the authors

We received literally hundreds of entries and the margin between inclusion in the final volume and the runners-up was often painfully small.

Originally we planned to publish 12 short stories in our first Noirville collection but there was a 5 way tie for spot 12 so rather than try to divide them we decided to up the number of stories to 16.

Even then it's not an exaggeration to say that based on the writing talent on show in so many of the entries we could easily have filled up three volumes without breaking sweat - Noirville Volume Two is definitely on the cards.

So, without further delay, here are the winners of Fahrenheit's 1st Noirville Short Story Competition:

  • A Real Scorcher by Sarah M. Chen
  • After the Elephant Ears by Scott Miles
  • Assassin's Day Off by Marc Sorondo
  • Banger by John Schreier
  • Fido the Assistance Dog by Patsy Collins
  • Gianfranco's List by Steve Bailey
  • Justin's Room by Jen Delozier
  • Kyiv Heat by Alex Shaw
  • The Business Card by Jeff C. Stevenson
  • The Canary Islands Crime Boss by Glenda Young
  • The Icing On The Cake by Russell Day
  • The Lighthouse Murder by Henry Marchand
  • The Shrieking of Nothing by Joe Guglielmelli
  • Visiting Day by John Scheck
  • Walk Away by Chris Hyatt
  • Washed Up by Paul Gadsby

All of the 16 winning writers will shortly be receiving a contract from Fahrenheit Press and we hope to have the eBook and Paperback editions published by late February / early March.

Thanks again to all the writers who participated and if you weren't succesful this time please dont let it put you off submitting to us again - there's clearly an immense amount of talent out there and we're passionate about giving that talent a platform at Fahrenheit.

And I hope you'll join with us in giving a HUGE round of thanks to our judges who gave up so much of their free time to narrow down a huge field to the 16 stories listed here.