Our manuscript evening on Tuesday 21st February was a success. We welcomed three visitors and one new member.
We tried a slightly different format than usual, breaking off into smaller groups. Those who brought work waited for each member of the group to read it and then received feedback. Overall, the evening was productive, enjoyable and informative.
We had the pleasure of reading poetry, fantasy, historical fiction, young adult, comedy, biography, academic and science fiction.
Our next manuscript evening is 20th June.
In the meantime, our next meeting is Tuesday 7th March. Not only will we be launching our third competition of the year, but S. E. Craythorne, the adjudicator, will be giving a talk about the joys and struggles of working with an unreliable narrator as well as exploring how ‘reliable’ any realistic narrator can be.
Local author Sheridan Winn returned on Tuesday 7th February to announce the winners of the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.
The winners were:
1st Place – Aubrey Hex: Snow White and the Ruby Slippers by Kathy Joy.
‘Excellent blurb that built well and would make you want to pick up the book. Liked the over-sized ‘fairy-come-private-investigator’, Aubrey, and the grim sense of humour. The intro set the scene and I liked the way you were straight into the action.’
2nd Place – Butterfingers Horses Around by James Ashley.
‘This made me smile – a bit like a rude post card. The author of this was clearly having fun as he wrote it – rollicking along. The blurb is loopy and mad – I get the idea of where the story will go and the setting. I think it’s pitched at older kids and young adults.
The intro is amusing but – in terms of writing – there’s a danger of putting in too many images and over-writing. ‘Purr’ doesn’t need 15 x ‘r’!’
3rd Place – Captain Webby and the Bathtub Crew by Phyllida Scrivens.
‘Good series title and nice book title. It would make a charming series of picture books for very young children – bath/board books. Gentle humour.
Very well written blurb – clear and made me want to pick up the book. Love the photos.’
Congratulations to the winners!
All the entries were superb. It wasn’t easy for our adjudicator to pick the winners, so we’d like to thank all those who entered and also thank Sheridan Winn for her thorough judging.
On top of getting to hear some rib-tickling entries, attendees were given the chance to look at and purchase copies of Stepping Out, our new anthology.
The NWC would like to thank everyone who has bought one so far.
If you are interested in a copy you can purchase them at our meetings, or online at:
Our next meeting is a manuscript evening on Tuesday 21st February where you will get a chance to read an extract of up to 750 words of work and get feedback from the group.
If you are coming, please bring six copies of your extract to the meeting so they can be handed out for feedback. You can bring poetry, non-fiction, fiction, an article or blog post. Whatever it is, we’d love to read it.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org