Results of Short Story Competition, March 2014

Complete story from given opening paragraph. Judge was thriller writer James Carol.

First: Roz Balp, 'The New Order',  Second: Mike Walsh, 'The Wasteland', Third: Linda Blackhall, 'We are the People', Joint Fourth: Jill Fricker, 'Falling to Earth', Stephanie Gaunt, 'The Choice'

New books

Go to Publications to buy our latest anthology  'Animal Writes', featuring a 'Pegasus story by Kate O'Hearn, and to see new items from our talented group members.

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HWG end-of-year Presentation Evening

Catherine Cookson Cup

Judged by literary agent Laura West from the David Higham Agency. Winner: Mike Walsh, 'The Seventh Day', Second: Carol Pullen, Third: Lee Owen, Fourth: Marcia Woolf

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HWG Writer of the Year

Presented by Group Patron Tamara McKinley. Winner: Stephanie Gaunt


Performance of winning Ten-minute play

'Forty-Two', by Amanda Giles. Below, left to right, group member/actors Janet Kates and John Vallender,  Amanda with her two actor sons, Rory and Dominic.


Who we are

Based in Hastings, East Sussex, we share a passion for writing.

We come from many different backgrounds and have diverse writing experience.  Some have had short stories, poems, letters or articles published in magazines, whilst others have novels or non-fiction books to their credit. However, we also welcome people who still aspire to publication, as well as those who are happy to write just for themselves and family or friends. See the Members page for our details.

We aim to help all our members develop their writing skills by providing a varied and interesting programme of meetings, and offering constructive feedback on their work in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

The group meets fortnightly, in Hastings.  Our activities include varied competitions with guest judges, speakers, manuscript evenings, workshops and fun evenings.  We aim to offer something for everyone who enjoys writing.  From time to time we also organise events for both members and the public to attend.

If you would like to know more about our activities, or are interested in joining the group, please contact us.


See What’s On for our programme and events involving members, and Listings 

for other up-coming events

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