Leila Paananen won this year’s Portti short story competition (the most prominent sf short story competition in Finland) with her story Häivähdys sitruunaa (A Touch of Lemon). The first prize of the competition is 2 000 euros. Leila is a fairly new writer from Turku; she’s previously been in the top ten of the Nova competition, and last year, she came second (tied) in the Portti competition. Congratulations for being the first this year!
The top five stories in the competition were:
- Häivähdys sitruunaa, by Leila Paananen
- (tie) Kaikessa lihassa on tahto, by Jenny Kangasvuo and Meren valtiatar, by Natalia Laurila (Nova winners 2004 and 2002, respectively, by the way)
- (tie) Unelmiin kudottu, by Katariina Juntunen and Uneton vankilassa, by Juha-Pekka Koskinen