The Mind member short story competition finalists have been announced!

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:



Author: Tony

This story contains potentially triggering content: Topic of mental health problems

Brilliant! From the beginning to the end I was captured. What an uplifting story and the title fitted so well with the story. So engaged and emotive – really didn’t want it to end. Remembered this story days after I first read it. Great read! 

Read Upwards



Author: Jasmine Jade

This story contains potentially triggering content: Topics of eating disorders and self-harm

Absolutely stunning. Masterfully structured, interspersing the journey of the history of thought on the phenomena of eating disorders with a deeply personal journey. The language used is evocative, with some striking, vivid metaphors. Very emotive and highly engaging. In my opinion the most memorable, on-theme, and well-written story I’ve read of all the submissions. 

Read Ravenous

The Baby


Author: Gaynor

This story contains potentially triggering content: Topic of traumatic birth

I was enthralled with this. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that this story has validated some of my own experiences making me somewhat relieved it wasn’t just me. The honest journey of becoming responsible for another human and how to enjoy the experience felt like it was written just for me.

Read The Baby

Finding Elephant Kingdom

Author: Jessica

Great imagination to create a completely new kingdom to explore. Loxie’s journey, physically and metaphorically, was a powerful look at modern culture and the impact it can have on everybody’s mental health.

Read Finding Elephant Kingdom

The Land Mermaid and the Moon

Author: Emma

This story contains potentially triggering content: Topic of stalking

There is something very magical about it. I was also not expecting the personal story at the end, but after reading this it made the mermaid story feel like something we can all relate to. 

Read The Land Mermaid and the Moon

Thank you for reading the stories from the Mind member short story finalists. We hope you enjoyed them but if at any time you feel you need support please contact our infoline on 0300 123 3393. If you need urgent assistance please call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.


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