April 2014 archive

February Flash Fiction Judge’s Report

FEBRUARY COMPETITION FLASH FICTION THE DIAMOND NECKLACE Judge’s Report The challenge of writing a story of under 500 words is that developing characters and describing settings becomes secondary to getting down to the actual story. There is an art to conveying the feelings and emotions of the protagonists in few words. Dialogue has to be […]

Make ‘Em Laugh

Introducing the first of many all day seminars, Make ‘Em Laugh. Humour writers are going to love this!

Annual Short Story Winning Entry: Henry’s First

King scrolled through the pictures on the screen. A shadow temporarily dimmed the light behind him. “Checking in with your whores again?” He didn’t turn. His nostrils smarted at the stench of her breath. After fifteen hours of pill induced oblivion, her hair would be mussed.  She would be wearing last week’s teddy with ash […]

2013 Annual Short Story Judge’s Report

I have just concluded reading 54 short stories submitted to the SA Writers Circle as part of their annual competition. I do congratulate writers on the variety of themes. I had a gourmet meal of stories that included humour, the macabre, tender love stories, compassionate stories, most of which did carry that important element, character […]

May: Fantasy Short Story entries & results

Here are the entries for our May Fantasy Short Story competition. Remember, this competition is open until the 31st of May and non-members can enter. The prizes are fantastic (check them out here) so make sure you enter. We will continue to update this list and post results when they are available. Around the Watering […]

Annual Short Story Competition results

Here are the results for our Annual Short Story competition. This year’s judge was Felicity Keats. 1.Penny Micthell with Henry’s First 2.Pamela Schofield with Sweet Pumpkin 3.Valerie Winstanley with The Gentleman Five Runners-Up: Ron Hancock with Running into Trouble Michelle Beater with Jersey Boy Jeff Glazier with Station at the End of the LIne Susan-Newham-Blake […]

Make ’em laugh

The SAWC is hosting a Humour Conference in May this year. Join us as we learn how to make people laugh: Ralph Lawson, accomplished director and actor, will be our main presenter. Louis Geen, cartoonist and caricaturist, will reveal the in’s and out’s of book illustration. Dr. Colin Wilford, psychologist, will discuss why we find […]