Archive of ‘Judge’s Reports’ category

March Competition Judge’s Report

Judge’s General Report on March 2015 Crime Story Competition I’ll say it again. If you want to achieve success in a SAWC competition read the specifications carefully. For the March competition there were three specs: Write a crime story. Dictionaries define ‘crime’ as ‘a violation of law’ but also ‘an act gravely wrong morally’. So […]

First Chapter of a Novel Judge’s Report

by Ginny Swart I really loved this job! It was a privilege to read all these chapters and with many of them I was sorry that I couldn’t carry on and read more. Some writers included a synopsis of the book – these might be either already written or still in the planning stages. This […]

November Judge’s Report

The first thing I feel the need to mention is that many of the writers are writing in ‘voices’ that are clearly not their own. L Some writers may think that using – what they consider to be – excellent English and words that they wouldn’t use every day (smacks of too much Thesaurus-usage in […]

August Short Story Judges Report

Judges: Felicity Keats Morrison and Detlev Diegel There were nine entries, all vastly different. These included actors and actresses in movies-in-the- making, or aspiring actresses. One was auditioning for a child star. Another took a secluded holiday in the snowy Swiss mountains to write a script in which she would star – only to give […]

One-Act stage play Judge’s Report

Ralph Lawson’s report on the One-Act Stage Play competition entries Your theme was well chosen and provided great scope for humour, conflict and resolution in an engaging situation, and the playwrights rose to the challenge admirably. In general scripts were well set out, with nicely detailed stage directions. These are often overlooked, along with the […]

June Food Article Judge’s Report

Overall Notes by Sharon Glass The majority of the entries were fun to read though there is the common issue of structure of the book reviews throughout the entries. General guidelines for writing a book review: Give the review a basic structure. For example: Introduction – describe the title, publication information, genre and give a […]

February Poetry Judge

It is pleasing to note that the theme for this year’s SAWC poetry competition was a sonnet. It is good that writers are encouraged to engage with traditional poetic forms; this is one way of making new writers aware of the value of poetic form, and that a poem is not simply an outpouring of […]

May Fantasy Judge’s Report

Writing a general report for a submission with the almost-indefinable genre of ‘Fantasy’ is tricky, to say the least. There is so much to be said for each individual story, but are there any common threads that can be applied to all of the (extremely varying) stories submitted? Yes, of course there is. But before […]

March Crime Fiction Judge’s Report

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to judge the March SAWC short story competition. I was impressed with the level of many of the entries and it was not an easy task to choose a winner. Short stories are difficult to write because one does not have the luxury of an unlimited word count. […]

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 […]

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