Tina Sorenson has won the Newcastle Herald's second short story competition. According to the judges, its the missing details that make the story so compelling,
It opens with the unnamed anti-hero reminiscing about summer afternoons - from inside the boot of a car.
How did he get there, who put him there, and why? The story focuses instead on his regrets and remorse, and it works.
Awarding the story first place in the second Herald Summer Short Story Competition, the judges praised In for its sharp imagery and pithy, affecting language.
Second place was awarded to Jessie Ansons for The Deepest of Blues which tells of a meaningful swim between two friends, while Alexandra Talbot's story of a brother and sister heading out for a night on the town, A Green Volkswagen took third place.
The quality of the short-listed stories was so high, the judges highly commended three more entries: Smaller by Timothy Edwards, Turning Tide by Holly Bruce and The Swimmer by Mark Stroppiana.
Please read the Newcastle Herald story on the results - it includes links through to all the winning stories.