Chapel Arts announces competition winner!

Chapel Arts has announced the winner of its 3rd Annual Writing Competition, Stephanie Billen from Buxton.

The prose competition allowed a maximum of 1000 words with budding authors given the title of Invisible Friends. Winner Stephanie, who will receive a small prize and be published on the Chapel Arts website, took her inspiration from social media, creating a story praised by local judge and competition sponsor, author Dr Mark P Henderson, as  “a highly original piece, beautifully paced, and well-nigh perfect in style and mechanics”.

He added:I was delighted by the entries for this competition. No two were alike… Judging was a difficult task, as it should be - but sometimes isn’t.”   

Stephanie, a freelance journalist for The Observer who also won the Chapel Arts Writing Competition in 2016, said: “I’m really thrilled to have been recognised twice in this way and am happy that this slightly quirky story about a comforting virtual community caught the judge’s imagination.”

Stephanie will be reading out her story and receiving her prize at a Rems Open Mic Evening on Wednesday March 28th from 7.30-9.30pm upstairs at Rems cafe, Chapel-en-le-Frith - all welcome.

Chapel Arts was formed to encourage the development of a broad range of arts in the Chapel-en-le-Frith area. Details of events are available on

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