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FOR the last of our July meetings, on Monday, July 29, we listened to some of the entries for yet another competition Hidden Gems.

This is a new addition for our calendar, a competition specifically intended for members who have never won, or been placed, in a HWG competition since January 2012.

The idea was to encourage some of our new members and less experienced writers, and also to give a ‘boost’ to some of our more experienced writers where, for whatever reason, their work had not caught the attention of the judges in recent months.

Entrants read the first 200 words of their story to the group, who then commented and made suggestions, if appropriate, as to how the piece might be yet further improved.

As ever, we had a good range of entries and a wide range of topics – from the macabre, via the domestic, to comedy.

Once again we welcomed a new member – the fourth this month, which is pleasing, and a prospective member.

Finally, we also had a look at some artwork for the cover of our forthcoming Animal Writes anthology

The Hastings Writers’ Group meets fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel. Our current group anthology, Strandline, is available at the Hastings Waterstones, in Priory Meadow. We currently have a very few vacancies for new members - if you are interested in joining the group, or in finding out more about our activities, please contact the Membership Secretary, Amanda Giles, on 01424 442707 or email membership.hwg@gmail.com.

You can also visit www.hastingswriters.co.uk, or find our page on Facebook.