Flash Fiction Winners 2018


Thank you to everyone who entered a story into our adults short story (100 words) competition. We were thrilled to have over 80 Flash Fiction entries to read and are pleased to publish these four prize winning stories as announced at the Book Festival this afternoon


Molly’s Dream Holiday by Christine Eddison

Christmas in Mombasa! Sweat gathers on my lip and prickles my armpits.Musky pawpaw and sweet jasmine scent the air, noisy with cicadas and hummingbirds.  

Tomorrow I’ll ride the glass-bottomed boat to the reef and gaze covetously towards exotic Zanzibar. Back at harbour, I’ll admire the busy throngs of white-garbed women and listen to the mesmeric murmur of the muezzin.

The door slammed. ‘Morning, Molly. Myra here. Time to get you dressed.’ I startle as my bed hoist begins its creaking grind. I sense the wheelchair waiting to transport me towards another sightless helping of daytime television.


Yo-Yo by Adam Stewart

Adam was the greatest. What that man couldn’t do with a yo-yo wasn’t worth doing.
At the height of his powers he performed his own brand of yo-yo magic to sell out arenas all over Warwickshire. He was a God and his legend was told in school playgrounds from Stockton to Stratford.

As the fame and fortune rolled in, Adam could even afford to buy his dream car.

Then, all too quickly, it ended.

“That’s my car” he yelled.

He reached out, the door slammed. His index finger fell to the floor. It was all over for


Supernova by Charles Adey

Fifteen thousand light years from Earth, a star collapsed. Gravity intensified, crushing the surface inwards towards a point of infinite density, bending light rays and muting all noise into absolute black nothingness. Unable to collapse further, time reversed itself, and everything the star ever was exploded into white and pink eternity, stretching for millions of miles in every direction. I watched the tiny speck of light from my bedroom window, a little brighter than the others. A breeze came through the house and behind me the door slammed, bringing me back to planet Earth.


The Eye Test by Mairead Rawal

Hannah sat and waited. It’s just an eye test, she reassured herself. The ophthalmologist
whipped into the room, the door slammed behind him, making her jump.

‘Good morning, Mrs Smith’, and they began.

It was proceeding smoothly until she was asked to read the letters chart. First line; easy.
Second line; trickier. The third line was indistinct – C, O, C and… was that a K? It couldn’t be! Hannah broke out in a cold sweat. He was waiting.


The K hung there. Nobody spoke. She couldn’t quite meet the ophthalmologist’s eye.

‘R, Mrs Smith, R.’

Flash Fiction Competition




This is your reminder that you have a little under ONE WEEK to get your stories in! We’ve received so many wonderful entries so far, and we’re looking forward to announcing the winner at the Festival!
It can be about any subject you choose, and in any style you choose. Just remember, it has to be 100 words – no more! – and it MUST include the words: “the door slammed”. The phrase can appear at the beginning, end, middle or title of your story.

Closing date is September 11th, 2018 at 12 noon. Winner and runner up entries will be announced at the Southam Book Festival on 30th September, 2018, in the Graham Adams Centre, and the winning entry will also be published in the Southam Advertiser later in the year!

Entries cost £2.00 each, or up to six entries for £8.00. The rules and details of how to pay are on the Southam Book Festival page.

Right, pens at the ready? Go!



Easter Holidays

School holidays used to be quiet times at the Centre but this Easter we have lots planned so here are all the details in one place…

Friday 30th March


The event is being organised by Melissa from The Grange Preschool and is raising money for Owen to go to India on a World Challenge expedition.

Friday 6th April


Book your space online here.

Saturday 7th April


Community Breakfast raising funds for Tobias and Teniel from 2nd Southam Scouts to attend the World Scout Jamboree in 2019. Message Kate or Elaine to book or click attending on facebook.

Wednesday 11th April

Red Tent (Southam)

Thursday 12th April


Book your family space on line here or a space for your young person here.

Other Dates

The Centre is closed on Easter Monday (2nd April) so there is no lunch club, foodbank or Metafit session that day (all back on 9th April).

NSTK – Karate training join us again for their Southam school holiday sessions (Thursdays)

Slimming World (Tuesday) and NCT Bumps and Babies (Friday 10.30am-12noon) are as usual throughout the school holidays.

Easter Holidays at the Graham Adams Centre


Parenting Course

MU course

A unique four session programme for parents of 5-14 year olds

Ever felt embarrassed when your child asks you

“what are those people doing”

“how do babies get in their mummies tummy?”

Confused about how to talk to your teenager about growing up, sexuality and the pressures on today’s young people?

Don’t avoid those difficult conversations.

Come to 4 meetings for parents of 5-14 year olds.

Leave feeling more confident and prepared to pass on your values and messages to your children.

Fun, friendly and non-judgemental!

Graham Adams Centre, Southam

Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March


Suggested donation £15 per person

To find out more about the course visit www.mothersunioncoventry.com/what-should-we-tell-the-children or to book your place, contact Felicity on 0777 307 9447 or email mu.cov@CovCofE.org (places limited)

What others have said –

  • Definitely made me more confident and more comfortable
  • I liked the small group sessions, it was very useful for me
  • My view has changed as I would now speak to my children about it, whereas before I think I would have avoided the subject

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