Archive of ‘Judge’s Reports’ category

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 […]

Judge’s Report – September 2015 – Young Adult Fiction

SAWC – September 2015 Competition: Young Adult story about ‘Survival’. (2500 words) Firstly, thanks again to SAWC for hosting this competition and for giving me the opportunity to judge once more. At only eight entries this time around the field was fairly small, with the top three all jockeying for pole position. Intriguingly, and no […]

Judge’s report: Science Fiction Story – May 2015

“Science fiction is the literature of the human species encountering change, whether it arrives via scientific discoveries, technological innovations, natural events, or societal shifts.” It is part of human nature to look into the future. Our very anatomy propagates the notion: our eyes look forward. Although we have the power to glance to the sides, […]

August competition Judge’s Report

Judge’s Report August 2015 Competition A defining Moment     What a privilege to be asked to adjudicate the Writer’s Circle monthly short story competition. It was good fun to settle in every evening to read a fresh work and I enjoyed the different plots and styles. All the writers showed a skilled command of […]

Forestry Competition: Judge’s Report

SAWC FORESTRY COMPETITION 2015 Judge’s Report Reading the remarkable range and variety of entries, I was encouragingly reminded that there are still those, in an increasingly utilitarian world, who are willing to put time, effort and creative flair into producing in written form unique gems of thought and expression. I sincerely thank the organizers and […]

Judge’s Report for the Children’s Adventure Story competition

Due to some unforseen events, our children’s adventure story judge had to be replaced. Ian Tennents, author of Zululand Snow, took over the job and has wowed us with his insightful commentary. Here are his overall impressions of the entries: Judge’s Report Children’s Adventure Story (10-12 Age Group) Firstly, thank you to SAWC for allowing […]

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