Results of the Poetry Competition, March 2018

Judge: Kim Lasky

First:   John Taylor ‘They are not missing they are here’.

Second: Godfrey Forder ‘A load of old Pollocks’

Third: Roz Balp ‘Stork’s Flight’

Fourth: Liz Caluori ‘What a difference a day makes’

 

Results of the Catherine Cookson Cup, December 2017

Judge: Thorne Ryan

First:  Amanda Giles “No Reveal”

Second:  Maddie Blake “Looking Through the Gates of Heaven”

Third:  Godfrey Forder “Dandelion and Burdock with Bronwen”

Fourth:  Anne Hooker “The Signet Ring Mafia”

Results of the”Crime from the Criminal’s Point of View” Competition, October 2017

1 Sandra Daniels – ‘Ray’
2 Emma Boyd – ‘Call Centre Charity’
3 Sam Davy – ‘Pity Me’
4Godfrey Forder – ‘In Two Criminal Minds’
4 Maddie Blake – ‘Missing Laura-Jane’
4 Diana Lock – ‘A Nasty Case of the Jimmy Choos’

Results of the Myth/Fairy Tale Competition, August 2017

 

Judge:  Catherine Smith

First - Vicky Armstrong: Mrs Majuba and the League of Ladies

Second -Roz Balp: The Moonlit Pool

Third – Diana Lock: Ayashe and the Red Crow

Fourth – Maddie Blake: The Princess and the Elf King

 

Results of the Sitcom Competition, June 2017

Judge: John Knowles

First – John Taylor ‘That’s the Way To Do It”

Second – Roz Balp ‘Gargoyles’

Third – Diana Lock ‘Grandads 4 Justice

Fourth – Vicky Armstrong ‘Home Sweet Home’.

Results of the Life Writing Competition, May 2017

Judge: Andrea Samuelson

First: Vicky Armstrong for ‘On Learning to Read’

Second: Roz Balp for ‘My Husband, My Prince’

Third: Sam Davy for ‘Death is the Cessation of all Biological Functions’

Fourth: Dave Baker for ‘Anatomy of a Love Story’

Commended: Godfrey Forder was also commended for his work ‘Dandelion and Burdock with Bronwen’

Results of the Songwriting Competition, April 2017

The judge was Ken Edwards, writer, poet and musician.

First: Diana Lock with “Friend Me”

Second:  Chris King with “Just Another Love Song (chasing resurrection blues)”

Third:  Liz Caluori with “The Elephant in the Room”

Fourth: Emma Boyde with “Emptinest”

Results of the Catherine Cookson Competiton, December 2016

Judge: Jemima Forrester

First: Sandra Daniels for her short story ‘Boy’, a story of a young girl tormented by an annoying cousin, which leads to chilling consequences.

Second: Sam Davey for ‘The House of Her Dreams’.

Third: Jill Fricker for ‘The Second Life of Amina Choudbury’.

Fourth: Vicky Armstrong for ‘And Then There Was Silence’.

Highly commended: Marcia Woolf,  ‘The Jar of Ideas’.

Results of the Historic Writing Competition, October 2016

Judge was Alan Judd. First: Vicky Armstrong, ‘And The Band Played On’.  Second: Sandra Daniels, ‘A Bluebell Among The Thorns’. Third:  John Taylor, ‘Warlingham Murder’. Fourth: Godfrey Forder, ‘The Madness of Victorian Women’.

Results of the Poetry Competition, August 2016

Judge was Roz Goddard. First: Vicky Armstrong, ‘The Father’s Tale’. Second: Diana Lock, ‘The Bryn’. Third: Jane Hempson-Jones, ‘Peace’. Fourth: Roz Balp, ‘Haiku on Kuniyoshi’.

Results of the Humour Competition, July 2016

Judge was Sally Holloway. First: Liz Caluori, ‘Stiff and Nonesense’. Second: Vicky Armstrong , ‘Maurice and Dora Learn Swahili’. Third: Amanda Giles, ‘The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come’. Fourth: Godfrey Forder,  ‘Paper Hanging Hero’.

Results of the Drama Competition, May 2016

Judge was Heather Alexander. First: Amanda Giles, ‘Miriam Waits’. Second: Godfrey Forder, ‘Just War’. Third: Roz Balp, ‘Lifted’. Fourth: Vicky Armstrong,  ‘Above Rubies’.

Results of the ‘given phrase’ Competition, March 2016

Judge was Alexandra Benedict. First: Maddie Blake, ‘The Song of the Tree’.  Second: Elizabeth Allen, ‘The Song’s Sake’. Third: Sarah Corrie, ‘Shut Up, You Bitch or the Neighbours Will Hear You’. Fourth: Jill Fricker, ‘This Won’t Last’.

Results of the Catherine Cookson Cup Competition, December 2015

Judge was Sarah O’Halloran. First: Marcia Woolf, ‘All Saints’.  Second: Anne Hooker, ‘Moving On’. Third: Elizabeth Allen: ‘Dereliction of Duty’. Fourth: Roz Balp, ‘Ducking and Rolling’.

Results of the Romantic Fiction Competition, October 2015

Judge was Hilary Mackelden. First: Amanda Giles, ‘Hector’s Tale’. Second: Maddie Blake, ‘Top Secret’. Third: Emma Boyde, ‘Out with the Geek’. Fourth: Marcus Towner, ‘Indian Summer, Later Spring’. Highly Commended: Godfrey Forder, ‘Lost and Found’; Sam Davey, ‘Stupid QPID’.

Results of Dramatic Monologue Competition, August 2015

Judge was Christine Harmer-Brown. First: Vicky Armstrong, ‘Six Months in the Life of Miss Hill’. Second: Caroline Wardle,’Grammabot’. Third: Sally-Ann Clark, ‘Getting a Word in Edgeways’. Fourth: Roz Balp, ‘Wife in the Gulf’.

Results of Journalism Competition, June 2015

Judge was Kathryn Flett. First: Elizabeth Allen, ‘A Whole Planet of Possibilities’. Second: John Taylor, ‘Claim to Fame’. Third: Diana Lock, ‘On the Trail of Grey Owl’. Fourth: Rachel Marsh, ‘Turning a Blind Eye’.

Results of Poetry Competition, April 2015

Judge was Antony Mair. First: Elizabeth Allen, ‘The New Wife’. Second: Sally-Ann Clark, ‘Cairn’. Third: ‘A Little Less Conversation’, Liz Caluori. Fourth: ‘Dungeness’, John Taylor.

Results of Flash Fiction Competition, March 2015

Judge was Alexandra Benedict. First: Sally-Ann Clark, ‘In Perspective’. Second: Diana Lock, ‘Missing Baggage’. Third: Marcia Woolf, ‘Devotion’. Fourth: Roz Balp, ‘The Green Door’.

 

 

HWG Awards 2017

Catherine Cookson Cup

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Judge: Thorne Ryan

First:  Amanda Giles “No Reveal”

Second:  Maddie Blake “Looking Through the Gates of Heaven”

Third:  Godfrey Forder “Dandelion and Burdock with Bronwen”

Fourth:  Anne Hooker “The Signet Ring Mafia”

 

Writer of the Year Award

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Joint winners:  Roz Balp and Diana Lock

 

TOP NEWS

How to Competition Criteria

Next Competition is the “How to?” See the brief here.

Anthology

The deadline is approaching for submissions to the anthology, if you haven’t yet submitted anything please do so now by emailing it to Vicky Armstrong.  We would like the 2018 anthology to reflect the very best of HWG writing so if you have a piece that you’re particularly proud of, whether it has been entered into or placed in one of our competitions or not, on any topic, don’t be shy! You have a maximum of 3,000 words (but could be much less) – and you can submit up to three pieces of writing – short story, flash fiction, poem or non-fiction – or any combination thereof.  The aim is to get the anthology in print by the end of August, so the sooner you submit the work the easier it will be to achieve this.  The anthology will be aimed at adults but, as always, some discretion and common sense in terms of language and themes should be applied! I am looking at myself here as much as anyone else. Vicky’s email is hwgvicky@gmail.com

 

AGM sees change of Chair

At our Annual General Meeting on Monday 22nd January our Chair, Eileen Masters, stood down to hand over to Amanda Giles.  We would like to thank Eileen for her hard work, fresh ideas, and commitment to the group over the past few years.  The group has prospered under her steady leadership.  We now welcome Amanda and look forward to even more ideas and the continuing development of the group.

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Outgoing Chair Eileen Masters

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Incoming chair, Amanda Giles

70th Anniversary Celebrations

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The Hastings Writers’ Group 70th Anniversary celebrations kicked off with a glorious messy desk cake, which was devoured at the annual Christmas presentation evening in December.  It is nothing short of a miracle that such a successful group has continued all these years.  To find out what we’ve been up to for the past 70 years visit our information page 70th Anniversary where you will find minutes from the first meeting and details of Catherine Cookson’s involvement.

 

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.

We also have a facebook page, if you would like to follow us. https://www.facebook.com/HastingsWritersGroup/

Annual Presentation Evening – December 2017

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HWG Publications

Imagine That!

Now available, see publications for details.

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2016 Anthology out now!

See Publications for details.

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Programme of Future Meetings

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