One of our study buddies made a very good observation. He noted that the number of words CXCrecommendsfor short stories in paper 2 of the English A exam is 400-450 words. He also checked and realised that all of the short stories that won the annual CXC short story award for their year were over 450 words.
Now the question is this: how canshort stories that are over the lengthrecommended by the CXC examiners win the annual short story award? I have no answer to that question. I also asked around on our team and no one else seems to have an answer. So if anyone out there has checked this out already and knows anything about this, please feel free to post.