The monthly competition for Angus Writers’ Circle tested members’ skills in keeping it short and sweet.
Last Wednesday, Maggie Seed, editor of D.C. Thomson publications ‘My Weekly Specials’, ‘Pocket Novels’ and ‘My Weekly Annual’ adjudicated entries from members for the short story competition.
Maggie told members she is always looking for stories and explained that her approach to selecting suitable examples was based on how she felt while reading them and that they had to have enough excitement and tension to keep the reader engaged.
According to Maggie writers might submit a story on a particular theme and as it was edited mistakes were often found that the writer had missed, such as characters being the wrong age to handle the scenario.
Turning to the competition entries Maggie told members that she had enjoyed reading them all then began, unusually, by announcing the winners. Results were: 1, ‘Mixed Emotions’, by Sandra Ireland; 2, ‘Internal Politics’, by Elizabeth Frattaroli; 3, ‘Home For Christmas’, by Jan Strickland.
There was also a highly commended entry and two commended stories. Maggie then invited all of the winners and the commended entries to submit their work to her for publication and then took part in a question and answer session. Ann Craig, vice-president, brought the evening to a close by thanking Maggie for being adjudicator and giving members an interesting insight into her work.
The Angus Writers’ Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30-10 p.m. in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath. New members are always welcome. For details call secretary Sandra Ireland on 01241 410346.