Hastings Writers’ Group

ON Monday, March 3 a large group of members gathered to hear the results of our first competition for 2014 - producing a short story from a given first paragraph.

The competition had also attracted a record number of entries, despite many members saying they found the task difficult.

Our judge was up-and-coming thriller writer James Carol, who had also set the paragraph we had to work from. He had been impressed with the quality of the entries, and interested to see that some had used the paragraph to write a ‘big’ story, about cataclysm and disaster, and others to produce a ‘small’ more domestic drama.

The eventual winners were in joint fourth place, Stephanie Gaunt with The Choice, and Jill Fricker with Falling to Earth. New member Linda Blackhall was third with We are the People, second was Mike Walsh with the Wasteland, and our winner was Roz Balp with the mesmerising The New Order.

We were also pleased to welcome two prospective members at the meeting.

Hastings Writers’ Group meets fortnightly at the White Rock Hotel. The group is currently fully subscribed, but if you would like to know more about our activities or to be put on our membership waiting list, please email membership.HWG@gmail.com or telephone Stephanie Gaunt on 01424 252888.

Our current anthology Animal Writes, which benefits RSPCA Bluebell Ridge and also Dogs for the Disabled, can be purchased online from our website, www.hastingswriters.co.uk. You can also find our page on Facebook.