Archive of ‘Judge’s Reports’ category

March 2016 -1500 word Crime Story Beautifully Dangerous

Overall report for SAWC Crime Story Beautifully Dangerous Judged by Margaret Von Klemperer This was not an easy competition: crime writing requires certain specifics, such as tension and pace, and there is not much room in a 1500 word piece to develop either. However, there were some good attempts. Crime is also a genre which […]

June 2016 – Unbelievable But True – 1000 Word Article – Judge’s Report

A very enjoyable range of subjects, with some excellent submissions. I had great difficulty in deciding between the top submissions. Winning vote: I Do Not Believe It Some lovely descriptions which obviously flow from personal knowledge and experience of the characters in a children’s’ production. It is beautifully written and full of good humour; a […]

May 2016 – Wuxia Fiction – Judge’s Report

Wuxia is Chinese martial arts fiction featuring heroism, usually set in imperial China. The main protagonist is often a hero who is incredibly skilled and seeking justice. Most of the entries followed a training-story structure where their hero was trained first and then thrown into action but the story that stood out the most, was […]

APRIL 2016 – Historical Fiction – Judge’s Report

Historical Fiction – April 2016 As usual, the high standard of the entries made it really difficult to select the winners.  Perhaps in future it would be helpful to emphasise in the rubric that the length limit in words is not just a pious wish but a precise requirement and that those entries whose lengths […]


First Chapter of a Novel – Dec2015/January 2016 Competition Judge‛s Report The First Chapter entries were a good eclectic Mix of various genres of literary style. A common theme seemed to be South African people who travel to other countries to seek some sort of emotional or physical answers to dilemmas. This was very interesting […]

February 2016 Flash Fiction – Judge’s Report

February 2016 Flash Fiction – Moments Fleeting – 300 words Overall Judges Report The entries this year were of a high standard.  The winner stood out for an interesting story filled with humour and violence mixed together with some wonderful black comedy.   Writers need to pay attention to the following, the title, the opening line […]

February 2016 Poetry – Judge’s Report

February 2016 Poetry – Snatching Colours 12 Lines – Judge’s Report This was a good selection of eleven poems that gave me great pleasure to judge.   They were of a higher standard than usual which was pleasing and I enjoyed reading them.   I found the topic interesting in its diversity.   The “Two Colours” had its […]

Judge’s Report – Twist In The Tale – November 2015

What a great collection of stories, so varied. Sci-fi, fairy tales, murder…there is great imagination at work here. And some excellent submissions. I enjoyed reading all of them and had a pretty hard job deciding on the top three. Amongst the stories in  general I noticed a lot of over-writing. By which I mean, too […]

Judge’s Report Flash Fiction October 2015

The entries this year were of a very high standard and one can see that many writers have done well to craft their works.  As one looks at the entries there are many tales that are filled with humour.  Some have surprise endings which always work well.  Titles are also important and quite a few […]

Judge’s Report – October 2015 – Poetry

Dear Poets Thank you for submitting. This in my opinion only. Another judge will see the poems differently. Here is a general comment that applies to nearly all the entries. Here are few suggestions. Please read then see what applies to your poem.  I hope these suggestions help. Most of the poems are still in […]

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