Norwich Writers' Circle

Rib-Tickling Results

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.

Sheridan’s comments:

‘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.

Sheridan’s comments:

‘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.

Sheridan’s comments:

‘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.’

 

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From left to right: 1st place winner Kathy Joy, adjudicator Sheridan Winn and 3rd place winner Phyllida Scrivens.

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.

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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:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/various-authors/norwich-writers-circle-anthology-2017-stepping-out/paperback/product-23019691.html

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: norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk

We hope to see you then!

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Norwich Writers' Circle

A ‘Sprited’ Evening

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On Tuesday 1st November we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Sheridan Winn, author of the Sprite Sister books, to our meeting.

As part of her talk, Sheridan regaled us with the story of how she came to write The Sprite Sisters.  After a tale fraught with twists and turns, we moved on to discuss our next competition of the season – the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.

First, it has been decided that the competition will be expanded to include stories for any age group rather than just a children’s book.  The competition is now as follows:

Devise a title, possible sub-title, and all-important blurb for a humorous book.  Then write the first 250 words of the story.

Guidelines

Your entry should consist of:

  • A title and possible sub-title.
  • A blurb no more than 150 words long.
  • No more than the first 250 words of your story.

 Advice from Sheridan:

Title and Sub-title

  • Titles shouldn’t be too much of a mouthful – roughly 2-3 words long is preferable.
  • Subtitles should qualify the title and be similarly short.

 What makes a good blurb?

  • It should make anyone picking it up think they are going to have fun reading your story.
  • Your character(s) should feature in it.
  • Readers should be able to get a sense of your character’s world.
  • It should also address what your protagonist wants and what is stopping them from getting it.

Sheridan also helpfully gave some examples of book blurbs that she really liked to help illustrate exactly what she is looking for in a winning entry:

  • Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

 The first 250 words

  • It is best to start with the inciting incident as this grabs the reader.  If you cannot intrigue the reader on the first page, your book will be put down.
  • Keep to the point and cut out long descriptions.
  • Create something that is adventurous but also fun.

Finally, let’s not forget that this is the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.  What kind of humour is Sheridan looking for?  In short, she would prefer quirky, witty humour over ‘belly laughs’.

The deadline for the competition is 6th December 2016.

All entries must be submitted on one side of A4, double spaced.  Work to be unpublished and not entered into previous Circle competitions.

To submit your entry, please email them to: norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk or bring them along to a meeting.

Entry fee is £3 for non-members but free for all NWC members.  Remember, all entries will receive an expert critique from our adjudicator.

The NWC would like to thank Sheridan for her wonderful and informative talk, and her excellent advice.

We would also like to thank everyone who attended the meeting.  It was wonderful to see you all!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 15th November, where we will be joined by Peter Stibbons, owner of Poppyland Publishing.  Peter will  be talking about the interaction of new media in the digital age with the traditional printed word.

We hope to see you there!