Plymouth Writers Group International Writing Competition 2015/16
Plymouth Writers Group 2016 International Writing Competition closed on 1 February 2016. There were 118 entries, from both the UK, and countries such as Australia, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Portugal, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Bulgaria.
The competition was adjudicated by a joint team from the Creative Writing Department of Plymouth University and Plymouth Writers Group. Plymouth’s Poet Laureate, Mike Sullivan oversaw the adjudication process. The stories and details of the first 5 winnners are available below. All 5 entries will be included in the next Plymouth Writers Group Anthology to be published in the Autumn of 2016.
1st prize £250 winning entry: Like Water Running, by Mr. D. Bruton of West Linton, Borders, Scotland
2nd prize £50 winning entry: Transmission, by Marcia Woolf of East Sussex
Highly commended entries include:
The Keepmeout, by Gwenda Major of Kendal, Cumbria
Winter in Tomaszow, by Peter Newall, Sydney Australia
The Perfect Stroke, by Emma Myatt from Gourdon, Angus, Scotland
Plymouth Writers Group International Writing Competition 2014/15
Results for the PWG International Short Story Competition 2015.
The Plymouth Writers Group is delighted to announce the winners of their 2015 Short Story Competition. They are:-
1. Hearing The Meat – Rex Bromfield, Toronto, Canada. (£250)
2. A Stitch In Time – Janet Newman, Leicester, UK (£50)
3. The Pull Of The Ocean – Kim Stringer, Chester, UK (Highly Commended).
4. Two Years, Five Months, Eleven Days – Tess Niland Kimber, Pulborough, UK (Highly Commended).
5. A Summer Un(like) Any Other – Lidia A. Tsvetkova, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Highly Commended).
All five will be published , free of charge, in the PWG 2015 Anthology.
Finalists with Commended Status
Community Blood – Mel Ciavucco, Bristol, UK
Grafting – Louise Ells, Milton, UK
Porphyria’s Lover – Jenni Wiltz, California, USA
Church of the Virgin Mary – Valerie Thompson, Bristol, UK
The Day The Rains Came – Derek Keen, Farnham, UK
Reflecting the power of the internet we received eighty eight marvellous entries from all over the World and the judges faced a very difficult choice.
I would like to place on record my thanks to Dr Rachel Christofides of the University of Plymouth’s English and Creative Writing Department for evaluating and filtering the stories; Ms Jamie Jones and the Plymouth Arts Centre for their support in administration; and Mr Mike Sullivan, Plymouth’s Poet Laureate, for adjudicating the fairness of the way in which we conducted this competition.
Mike Sullivan has asked to be quoted as saying
“The competition and the judging were conducted in a way that was Clear – Fair – Transparent – and Considered.”
My special thanks go to Alan Grant (Deputy Chairman PWG) whose vision and energy has driven this, our first international competition.
Finally, I wish to record my thanks to every single entrant. I hope you will be inspired to enter the next competition and encourage your writing friends likewise.
Plymouth 7th March 2015.