Excitement was high at the Art House Cafe, Southampton, on Friday 10th September. It was results day and there was a larger than average group of Writing Buddies present, all agog to know who had won what!
Non-fiction judge Simon Whaley attended and presented the prizes, as well as finding
himself press-ganged into giving a drum roll on a handy set of bongos found lying about at the venue! The Writing Buddies had not known that Simon was so talented!
There was an uncharacteristically quick zip around the table to introduce each Buddy, during which newcomer Roger Colman, a non-fiction writer and the author of a history of the 7th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment during WW1, was welcomed.
The Competition was run to celebrate the first birthday of the founding of Writing Buddies and all those who won or were placed will go forward and be published in an anthology of work, to be published in time for Christmas.
The results were:
Non- Fiction 1500 word article, judged by Simon Whaley:
First - Glen Jayson - The Taboo "F" Plan
Second - Monica Rees - Living with an Invisible Disease
Third - Wendy Hughes - Literary Cats
Highly Commended - Jacqueline Pye - Dora Carrington - Painter, Bohemian and Object of Desire
Non-Fiction 300 words filler, judged by Simon Whaley:
First - Jacqueline Pye - Let's Hear it for Lymph
Second - Catherine Miller - Can the Hashtag Bring the Writing Community Closer Together?
Third - James Marsh - The Wonder of a Belt
Fiction - 1500 word short story, judged by Nik Morton:
First - Wendy Hughes - Bringer of Dreams
Second - Pam Whittington - The Birthday Treat
Joint Third - Christine Hooper - Michael and Mrs Cartwright
Joint Third - Pam Whittington - See you on Sunday, then
Elizabeth Streatfield - Hooked
Elizabeth Streatfield - A New Hope
Fiona Vandersluys - Wrong Footing
James Marsh - The Haunted Hut
Wendy Hughes - An Electrifying Experience
Flash Fiction - 100 words, judged by Nik Morton:
First - Catherine Miller - Keisha
Second - Catherine Miller - Guines Fowl
Third - Pam Whittington - Life after Dust
Poetry - Non-Rhyming, judged by Doris Corti
First - Jacqueline Pye - The Parade
Second - Pam Whittington - Time's Dawn
Poetry - Rhyming, judged by Doris Corti
First - Mo Foster - Jargon
Joint Second - Glen Jayson - Afternoon Flickers
John Goodman - Robots and Fairies Our This Week’s Theme
Drama - 10 minute one-act play, judged by Valerie Dunmore:
First - Catherine Miller - Permanent Ink
Second - Jacqueline Pye - Now Wash Your Hands
Third - Elizabeth Streatfield - Enlightenment
At the end of the meeting the Writing Buddies presented Simon with an interesting-looking silver parcel and Penny Legg, who organised the event and will edit and bring the book to fruition, was presented with a bouquet of flowers and the thanks of all the Writing Buddies.