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Congratulations to the winner and runners up of our OneSentence 'Coming of Age' Competition

Winner: Christine Stovell. prize a year's worth of Honno books

Runner up: Betty Hilton. prize three Honno books

Highly commended : Sue Coffey, Mary Gamon, Sue Moules, Jo Verity,

The challenge was to tell us a story in one sentence on the theme of 'coming of age', to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Honno's first book.

The stories were as varied as you can imagine, and you did make us laugh, and cry, empathise and be shocked. Some of the sentences intrigued, some enticed, some were a moment in time, some doorways into a lifetime.

But not everyone could be a winner and after much discussion and thought our judges - Janet Thomas, editor and writer, and Jane MacNamee, editor and nature writer - managed to pick the winner and runners-up, their entries are listed below for you to enjoy.

Thank you to all who entered and if you weren't successful this time, don't be disheartened. The competition was inspired by http://www.onesentence.org/ who accept entries, so a chance to try again.


Christine Stovell
When we entered the hospice I was Daddy's girl, but I left alone, my father's keeper.


Betty Hilton
Taking the sticky packet of sweets from the pocket in her navy knickers she smiled, saying "have one".


Sue Coffey
Woollies' shutters came down forty years too late to save me from myself, just sixteen, with ten shillings burning a hole: Beatles' 'All You Need is Love' on the shelf and Rimmel scent 'Tonight or Never!' going begging at 1s 6d.

Mary Gamon
The wind whispered, surrounded by family and friends, dressed in my best suit, listening to Rachel's song from Blade Runner, its mournful sax strangely comforting, I felt freer than I had for a long time as I walked behind my husband's coffin.

Sue Moules
One word, cancer, and the ordered world is drowned; everything shines with a shadow.

Sue Moules
There I was at 18 on my own, scared, with a rucksack and the key to a cell-sized room.

Jo Verity
The people at work organised a fortieth birthday party for me but Mother warned that they'd probably booked a stripogram so I stayed at home with her instead.

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