Thank you to everyone that took part in the member short story competition. The talent and enthusiasm shown by our authors and shortlisters was overwhelming and we'd like to thank you for your time, effort and patience.
We received 321 entries that have now been narrowed down to the top scoring five stories.
Jessica's creativity gives us a world above the clouds in Finding Elephant Kingdom, Jasmine cleverly intertwines an experience with the history of eating disorders in Ravenous and Tony explores the way out of darkness in his uplifting tale Upwards.
Gaynor expresses the hope and fear that comes with motherhood in her moving story The Baby and Emma retells her experience of stalking as a beautiful fable in The Mermaid and the Moon.
You can read each story and what the shortlisters thought of them below: