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Sceptre is thrilled to announce the winner of the SceptreLoves short story prize, launched to mark the publication of the short story collection How Much the Heart Can Hold. Judges Lucy Luck, literary agent at Conville and Walsh, Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, and Emma Herdman, Senior Editor at Sceptre, selected Phoebe Roy’s story, ‘It Was Summer’ as the winner, a story charting a relationship between two men as it changes with the seasons. The selected runners up are Carol Farrelly for ‘Holdfast’, and Xanthi Barker for ‘Adjectives’. Roy’s short story will be included in the paperback edition of How Much the Heart Can Hold, publishing in August, alongside stories by award-winning writers Bernardine Evaristo, Carys Bray, D. W. Wilson, Donal Ryan, Grace McCleen, Nikesh Shukla and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. Emma Herdman said of Roy’s story: ‘The standard of the competition was very high, but I didn’t think we’d find a story like Phoebe’s – one that gave all three of us goose bumps and, despite being perfectly formed, left us wanting more from her pen. I can’t wait to see what Phoebe does next.’ Winner Phoebe Roy said: ‘I’m so thrilled and honoured that my story was selected as the winner; I'd sent it off feeling quite proud of it, but as soon as I'd pressed send I saw that it was of course the worst thing that anyone had ever written. I am delighted that the judges disagreed, and it's fantastic that publishers are actively seeking new voices in this way.’ As well as publication in the paperback, Roy is to be awarded £150 and a two-hour consultation about her work with Emma Herdman. The prize will be formally presented at the paperback launch in August.

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TERIYAKI SALMONSERVES 4 Given how much salmon we eat at home, I'm always trying out new ways of serving it, and this is my current favourite. It's amazing how much flavour the salmon takes on after just 20 minutes in the sweet and salty marinade, and it's even better if you con give it two hours. Remember always to cook fish skin-side down at first to protect the delicate flesh from too much heat. Serve with garlic tenderstem broccoli and perhaps Soba Noodle Salad (see page 1 33). Photograph overleaf. 2cm piece of fresh root ginger, finely sliced2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced3 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp mirin (rice wine)Olive oil4 salmon fillets (about 500g in total)Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Put the ginger and garlic into a bowl and mix with the soy sauce, maple syrup, mirin and a drizzle of olive oil. 2. Place the salmon fillets in a dish, season with salt and pepper and pour the sticky dressing over them. Cover with cling film and set aside in the fridge to marinate for up to 2 hours, but at least 20 minutes. 3. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add a dash of oil. When hot, add the salmon, skin side down, reserving the marinade. Cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the reserved marinade and cook for a further minute or so, until the salmon fillets are opaque halfway up the sides. Turn them over and cook on the other side for 3-4 minutes, basting with the sauce so that the salmon is well coated. Add a splash of water if the sauce is too thick. 4. Serve the salmon fillets on individual plates, spooning over any teriyaki sauce left in the pan. September's recipe is chosen by Wish List's Lizzi Jones: “Terry-what?” asked my dad, helping himself to more. “Teriyaki” I said. For something that sounds so complicated, the recipe for Gordon Ramsay’s Teriyaki Salmon is surprisingly simple. All you need to do is mix up a quick marinade from ingredients you’ve probably got lingering at the back of your store-cupboard and pan-fry until cooked through. The finished dish is flavour-some and fragrant, and the spices complement rather than overpower the fish. We served it alongside an orange and carrot salad, which is also from Gordon’s new book and is also refreshingly simple. A definite dad-impressing dish. The recipe is taken from Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking. TERIYAKI SALMON Serves four 2cm piece of fresh root ginger, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced 3 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp mirin (rice wine) Olive oil 4 salmon fillets (about 500g in total) Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Put the ginger and garlic into a bowl and mix with the soy sauce, maple syrup, mirin and a drizzle of olive oil. 2. Place the salmon fillets in a dish, season with salt and pepper and pour the sticky dressing over them. Cover with cling film and set aside in the fridge to marinate for up to 2 hours, but at least 20 minutes. 3. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add a dash of oil. When hot, add the salmon, skin side down, reserving the marinade. Cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the reserved marinade and cook for a further minute or so, until the salmon fillets are opaque halfway up the sides. Turn them over and cook on the other side for 3-4 minutes, basting with the sauce so that the salmon is well coated. Add a splash of water if the sauce is too thick. 4. Serve the salmon fillets on individual plates, spooning over any teriyaki sauce left in the pan. © Gordon Ramsay 2012. Recipe extracted from Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course by Gordon Ramsay.

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