Archive of ‘Judge’s Reports’ category

September 2013 Young Adult Judge’s Report

Some interesting writing and subjects. All of the stories showed much work, commitment and determination, which is commendable. Therefore it was with much trepidation that commentary was made as all the writers show great promise and should in no way be discouraged from further endeavours, or view criticism negatively, remembering constructive criticism is levelled against […]

August 2013 Short Story Judge’s Report

I would like to congratulate the participants for the generally professional way in which their stories were presented. The writing is good and so is the presentation. Although this should not influence the acceptance of a story, how it is presented does make an impact on a judge! I was impressed with some of the […]

June 2013 Travel Writing Judge’s Report

Firstly, what a pleasure to be taken on a tour of our beautiful country, and beyond. I do feel as if I’ve had a brief sabbatical from the everyday, travelling vicariously from St Helena to the caves of the Northern Cape. The Karoo has always held a special place in the hearts of artists of […]

May 2013 Science Fiction Judge’s Report

It has been my pleasure to judge the entries for the SAWC SF Competition 2013, I found all the stories very interesting in their concepts and such. Writing for competitions is always a good test for writers in that it’s all up to the writer from the first draft to the final entry submitted – […]

April 2013 Non-Fiction Synopsis Judge’s Report

If you were to write a synopsis for a publisher you would have limited time to sell the concept and persuade the editor to accept your book for further scrutiny. This document is your sales pitch and should be given careful consideration. Hopefully the editor will be sufficiently interested to read your book’s first three […]

March 2013 Mystery Short Story Judge’s Report

The short story is a delicate art form. How do we put across a satisfying narrative in such a limited framework? I know established novelists who struggle when it comes to writing short stories. The short story asks the writer to zero in on a moment, hold it for a few pages, and let it […]

February 2013 Poetry Judge’s report

This competition provided a variety of pieces, some with great potential and others needing more care in the writing.    In some there was a good use of words (the English language has so many to offer)  which gave one a suggestion of a kind of music.   Write and rewrite; the first offering is never to […]

February 2013 Flash Fiction Judge’s Report

This was a challenging topic which really stretched the imagination of participants. Few have experienced real war which makes ‘write about what you have experienced’ difficult. And so new interpretations of war were conjured up – war with the neighbours, wars of words and analogies of teenage rebellion and rugby battles. Interestingly, the pieces which […]

Dec 2012/Jan 2013 First Chapter of a Novel Judge’s Report

DEC 2012/JAN 2013: First Chapter of a Novel Competition Report Thank you for the allowing me to judge your competition!  It was a great experience and I’ve enjoyed your submissions.  Some are excellent and other require a bit more work, but in the end of the day as writers our learning never stops!  We should […]

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