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’.