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Open Competition Results 2013

Here are the final results for the 2013 open writing competitions, which closed on 31st October 2013.

Short Story – Judged by Linda Lewis

Below are the results. You can also read the winning entry.

  1. £250 – Jack in the HedgePetra McQueen.
  2. £100 – HelmandShirley Jackson, Taverners Writing Group.
  3. £50 – InsideTim Stokes.
Highly Commended
  • Water WorldSue Hoffmann, Earlyworks Press, Online Forum.
  • MurphyMaureen A. Jeffs, Writers Reign.
  • Not This TimeDavid Lake, Writers in Somerset.
A brief note from the judge:

All the stories were good, some better than others of course, but with very few really bad efforts.

What I look for in a first reading are stories that make an immediate impact, either because the writing is so strong, or the subject is unusual and well-handled. That didn't happen this time which meant that choosing the actual prize winners and commended stories took a lot longer and involved a lot of rereading. Maybe this was a good thing because a great story is one that you enjoy more each time you read it, despite knowing what's going to happen.

In the end, the winners slowly emerged and by the end of the judging process I had grown rather fond of all the winners and the highly commended stories.

— Linda Lewis, Leeds, November 2013.

Poetry – Judged by James Nash

Below are the results. You can also read the winning poems.

  1. £250 – A Skylark's SongDoris Corti.
  2. £100 – Oretical CreaturesHilary Adams, Keele Poets.
  3. £50 – Master CraftsmanSusan Rogerson.
Highly Commended
  • The HoneymoonTracy Rees.
A brief note from the judge:

What a joy it was to judge this year's entries, and a very strong reminder that poetry can do many things for us as writers and readers. It can tap experiences to the core, it can remind us of who we are and what we are, and it can make us laugh, and gasp, at its wonderful wit and wordplay.

So all in all a wonderful experience of finding all sorts of treasure and poetic gold in the stunning array of entries for this year's entries to the NAWG open competition for poetry.

— James Nash, Leeds, November 2013.

My congratulations go to all of you, you should be proud of yourselves to have reached the high status of a place in this list of prize-winners.

— Pam Fish, NAWG Chairman.


Our thanks go to Berforts Information Press who generously supports NAWG, making these Open Competitions, and big money prizes possible. And thanks also to Chris Day, Creative Director of Filament Publishing for the extra prize of the FilamentBook Launch Countdown Package, worth £500 – a 13 week mentored process to launch your book.

This extra prize goes to the writer of the poem, That Day in May by Garvey Humphrey. The number of the winning entry was picked at a meeting of the Peterborough Writers' Group by Tim Wilson, AKA Jude Morgan from a total of 347 entries, which included both short story and poetry.

The winning short story and the three placed poems are published in our 2014 Anthology The Write Path 2014, together with the full judging notes.

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