Hastings Writers’ Group

WE had an extra meeting on Monday, September 23 for the results of our Flash Fiction competition.

One of our star members, best-selling children’s author Kate O’Hearn had pulled some strings in the publishing world to get us two special judges. Paul Stark, from Orion publishers, and Nicola Crossley from Random House gave us the benefit of their expertise as well as judging a record number of entries to the competition. Needless to say, the room in the White Rock Hotel was absolutely packed with enthusiastic members.

The results of the competition were as follows. Highly Commended were Anne Hooker with The Diet, and Roz Balp with Sea Washed. Stephen Martin was in fourth place with Love Expired. Third was Diana Lock with Delacroix and Dumas, and second, Emma Boyd with a moving and poignant piece, Baby Items for Sale.

The popular winner was long-standing member John Vallender with the shortest piece entered for the competition, Don’t Look Down, about steeplejack Fred Dibnah.

The judges commented on the difficulty of producing a high-quality flash fiction piece, where a story has to be produced in 250 words or less. They felt that many of the entries were of a high quality, but left the reader wanting more, whereas the winning pieces were complete in themselves.

In addition to the competition results we were treated to cakes from Anne Hooker, who was celebrating a milestone birthday the next day.

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 our website at www.hastingswriters.co.uk, or find our page on Facebook.