9 posts for tag short stories
‘Revenge’ – our latest short story collection has been assembled by Siobhan Carew, our Secretary, and Thure Etzold, our Website Controller. It is available on Amazon as an e-book priced at £2.99 or a paperback.
From our juror of this year's competition, Ingrid Jendrzejewski: "First of all, huge congratulations go out to everyone who submitted a story to this year's Cambridge Writers' Short Story Competition. The overall quality was exceedingly high – much higher, on average, than most other competitions I've judged. I found something to admire in every single story submitted, and I found it incredibly difficult to pare down my longlist to only three prize-winners and three commended stories. I suspect this is partly down to the wonderful community that Cambridge Writers fosters!
This year’s short story competition was a considerable success. Beverley Steffert, our Programme Secretary, arranged for it to be judged by the well-known literary agent Julian Friedmann. In his comments he remarked on the generally high standard of entries. He felt Cambridge Writers would be able to outclass any other writing group in the country. High praise indeed! On the basis of this we have now been able to publish all the entries.
The judge Helen Marshall, teacher of Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, announced the winners for this year's competition that was themed 'Rituals'. All authors were present and in a vibrant and stimulating evening read the stories to us.
Anne-Marie Garvey, journalist and writer, was our judge this year. She told the meeting that she had thoroughly enjoyed reading the very varied entries, inventive and exciting, every one of which had merits. She said that she was so much looking forward to the eBook and how wonderfully talented were all of the entries, a real treat for a reader who wants variety, style and tone from the hands of people who can take them to some unusual places with skill and conviction. Each one had a surprising angle on the short story, she said, and that it was a real challenge to choose the winners.
The e-book with the winning entries from the 2014 Cambridge Writers Short Story competition is now available on Amazon. The stories are by Les Brookes, Alice Turner, Will Tate, Angela Wray, Margaret Loescher and RJ Gould. Jim Kelly, the juror of the competition, wrote the introduction. The book was edited by Thure Etzold and the cover art is by Annabel Lee.
Jim Kelly, who judged the annual short story competition this year, gave us some valuable insights into what makes a good short story. He is a journalist and writer of crime novels, and told us how he started writing crime novels, as a result of being at an incident at York Minster. He happened to be there, saw an ambulance with its blue light flashing, and, as a journalist, investigated. The Minster was clothed in scaffolding to erect the lights for the enthronement of the Archbishop of York, and when the scaffolders reached the roof level, they could see that there was a body lying at the bottom of the roof, held in place by the masonry parapet. He reported this for his newspaper, and later this led to him writing his first crime novel. Jim has written 21 crime novels. One series is set in the Fens, about an investigative journalist Philip Dryden, the other set in North Norfolk and the port of Kings’ Lynn, featuring Detective Inspector Peter Shaw and his colleague Valentine. He won the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award in 2006, and in 2011 he won the New Angle prize for literature for Death Watch, one of the Shaw novels. His novel Death Wore White is in line to be made into a television series for Anglia Television.
On 5th February Jeff Mackowiak delighted all present with an adjudication that sparkled with wit and insight. He had clearly enjoyed reading the 35 stories entered for our competition. He commended diversity of styles and themes in the submissions and explained why this meant that the only way to judge them was on the basis of how each worked as a story. He cited several entries, quoting passages that had particularly appealed, before announcing three commended stories then (in reverse order) the three prize winners, each of which was read aloud and greatly enjoyed.
Judge, Dr Trudi Tate complimented the group on the high standard of entries, both for their variety of story lines and good writing. Her only criticism was that in stories set in other countries, some of dialogue did not always ring true. Seven stories were commended: Contractual Obligations by Will Tate, Domestic Blisslessness by Richard Gould, Giver of Gifts by Michael English, Loss 33 by Kathy English, Pure Murder by Rik Gammak, Relief by Sonia Webb and The Leap by Harry Goode. 1st prize went to Sarah Abraham Knight for The Black Heron, 2nd was Fallen Angel by Will Tate and 3rd Promises to Keep by David Franks.