Thank you a lot to all the many who entered, but sadly the comp is now closed for entries this year and the shortlist stack is being prepared ready to be mulled over by our chief judge Carole Baldock.
Results will be publicly available from late June, however if circumstances require extra judging time, we would appreciate patience. Each year we get entrants who get a bit excited by the thrill of the race and try to spur us on, but we would like to assure those people in advance that it is all being sorted and worthy winners will be announced when the time is right.
This years Joan Nicholson Internal Competition was a hard fought battle, but in the end, Barbara Marsh (top) won with her short story “When The Pipes Are Calling”, the trophy presented by our guest judge Carol Fenlon. Well done Barbara!
On Saturday the 6th of May, 11.30 AM, why not join us in the Theatre Bar of the Atkinson, where we will be setting up one of our infamous creative writing workshops as part of the Southport Festival?
We are taking taking requests for activities, but many of the old favourites will be returning, such as Insta-Poem and Reverse Story. Come down and exercise your literary muscles, or maybe just come dip a toe in the water and enjoy some speedily made-up entertainment!
The 2017 Poetry comp is now official, being judged by none other than Orbis’ own star editor, Carole Baldock. Want to impress? Get your entries in now!
Also! Coming up, Valentine’s Verses night on the 16th and some last minute scheming for upcoming Workshops…
Just to let you know that the short story comp has had its final judging and the last bit of admin is being done, so the results will be available soon. Thank you to all who entered, keep an eye out and you might get a winning email in the next few days, just in time for Christmas 🙂
Edit – Results now available from the link on the right —>
Our meeting on the 17th will be a special one, as the esteemed northern poet Stephen Beattie will be joining us to talk about his success with publishing poems in a tough market as well as reading us some of his selected work.
No need to book, just come and see, usual place, usual time.
On the 22nd September we are hosting one of our wonderful Open Mike nights. Come one and all to Parenting 2000 and bring your poems, prose and anything else you would like to read, up to 5 minutes in length.
You are of course welcome to simply come listen and enjoy the literary goodness. Click our Facebook group to the right —> for more details, or just come on the night.
We are pleased to welcome Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes to our midst on 25th August to talk about her work and share a few writing tips. Come one, come all and enjoy the promise of a stimulating evening.
Good news! Our Poetry Adjudication evening is back on with the wonderful Lindsey Holland. It will be taking place on the 14th July, usual time, usual place. All poets (and indeed non-poets) are invited to come partake and hear the winning entries and Lindsey’s own discussion.
Sorry all, the adjudication for the 16th has had to to be cancelled for actually quite good reasons. We do still plan to hold it in a couple of weeks, so keep eyes peeled. Winners shall be being informed shortly.