EXAMINER Short Story Competition entrants gathered at Huddersfield University for a reception.
Winner Mike Reilly and second and third placed Mark Kelly and Edward C Doddy read their work to invited guests.
The university's creative writing courses co-ordinator, David Gill, talked about the book industry and led a fun word game. He told his audience: "Sometimes in competitions, people try to think: `What will win?' But judging this was a breeze, a pleasure.
"Entrants had their own individual style. They weren't going for a formula."
The event, which tied in with the university's Literature Festival, was hosted by Jenny Parkin, head of content at the Examiner.