What’s on


Jan 11  SUBMISSION of entries for Competition 1 Poetry: open (up to 40 lines), Judge: John McCullough acclaimed poet and winner of the Hawthornden Prize 
Jan 25  AGM and RESULTS of Catherine Cookson Competition 2020 
Feb 8  WIP groups (by genre) 
Feb 22  FULL MEETING and RESULTS of Competition 1 Poetry and details of Writing Exercise 1 
Mar 8  Writing Exercise 1 
Mar 22  Full Meeting and SUBMISSION of entries for Competition 2 Fiction: Historical (up to 2,000 words), judge: Emma Batten, local author of several works of historical fiction set on Romney Marsh 
Apr 12  WIP groups (by genre) 
Apr 26  FULL MEETING and RESULTS of Competition 2 Fiction – and details of Writing Exercise 2 
May 10  Writing Exercise 2 
May 24  FULL MEETING and SUBMISSION of entries for Competition 3 Non-fiction: Secrets of a City (up to 2,500 words), judge: Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. 
Jun 7  WIP groups (by genre) 
Jun 21  FULL MEETING and RESULTS  of Competition 3 Non-fiction – and details of Writing Exercise 3 
Jul 5  Writing Exercise 3 
Jul 19  WIP  
Aug 2  FULL MEETING and SUBMISSION  of entries for Competition 4 Drama: a play for two characters set out of doors, judge to Be Christophe Philipps, actor and writer – and details of Writing Exercise 4 
Aug 16  Writing Exercise 4 
Sep 6  FULL MEETING and RESULTS  of Competition 4 Drama  
Sep 20  FULL MEETING and SUBMISSION of entries for Competition 5 “Wild Card”: a story using the phrase “Several of them,” she said, and one was under the table” somewhere within the text (up to 1,500 words) Judge to be announced 
Oct 4  WIP  
Oct 18  FULL MEETING: RESULTS of Competition 5 “Wild Card” – and details of Writing Exercise 5 
Nov 1  SUBMISSION of entries for Catherine Cookson Cup: a short story of any genre (up to 3,000 words) Judge to be announced and Programme Planning meeting 
Nov 15  Writing Exercise 5 
Nov 29  FULL MEETING and FUN activity to be announced  


NB: Programme subject to revision throughout the year.  All Meetings are on Mondays and commence 7.30pm. 




Local Links

Groups and organisations we like in or near Hastings: The East Sussex Library Service Hastings On-line Times Hastings Voluntary Action Hastings Arts Forum  

Writers' Links

Courses  for creative writers: Bexhill College run short courses locally The University of Brighton run a ten-week course in Creative Writing Canterbury Christ Church University run an MA in Creative Writing The Writers' Place Brighton runs a variety of events and courses New Writing South is our regional writing hub. It has an off-shoot in Rye The Arvon Foundation run residential courses College of Media and Publishing courses National Creative Writing organisations, magazines etc. National Association of Writers' Groups (NAWG) run competitions, events etc. Writers On-Line is the internet version of Writing Magazine.  See also Writers' Forum Myslexia is a magazine for Women Writers Booktrust is a  national UK reading and writing charity The Word Runs Through it is a new on-line writers' forum set up by Tony Gutteridge of the Grace Dieu Writing Circle The Bookseller is a key trade publication - sign up for their free email Newsletter Chapter Checkers offers a free feedback service with a weekly 1000-word story competition Creative Writing Resource Guide, where you can 'find the tools, resources and opportunities to bring out your creative side as a writer.' Writing Short Fiction,  which has advice, resources and questionnaires for established and aspiring short story writers.


  Websites listing Competitions Short Stories Poetry Library Southbank Centre Prize Magic Poetry Competitions General  


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