Competitions

The first 1,000 words Novel Competition

Judge Chris Curran has now drawn up her Shortlist for the Hastings Writers Room First 1,000 Words novel competition. In alphabetical order by title, the shortlisted entries are:

In Clear Sight 

Inaccessible 

Jacopo’s Contract 

Malice Alice 

Owl Light 

Sedah Falls 

The Invitation 

Judith Tipping

Carrie Williams

Andrew Okey

Michael Lynch

Anne Wilson

Michael Lynch

Louise Groarke

Congratulations to all of you, especially Michael Lynch for getting two entries into the final seven!

The final results will be announced very shortly, so watch this space.

About the Judge

Chris Curran is the author of five crime novels published by Harper Collins. Her first four books are psychological thrillers and critics have called them ‘compelling.’ ‘truly gripping,’ (Sunday Express) ‘cinematic and well-constructed’. Her most recent, ALL THE LITTLE LIES, is ‘a perfectly wrought psychological drama … a film maker’s dream.’ (Bookmuse)

Chris loves gothic fiction and is not averse to a smattering of horror. Since 2020 she has also written as Abbie Frost. THE GUESTHOUSE has been described as ‘A classic remote house mystery’. The Sun called it ‘addictive’; The Daily Mail ‘addictive and fun’, The Courier, ‘a scintillating read.’

Follow Chris/Abbie on Twitter: @FrostyAbbie

Website: chriscurranauthor.com

Poetry Competition

We very much regret that, due to the limited number of entries received, and in consultation with our intended Judge, John McCullough, this competition has been cancelled.  This was felt to be the fairest solution and does not reflect on the quality of the entries submitted.

All entrants will be contacted individually and fully reimbursed their entry fees, with the option of carrying forward the fee as a credit for entry to a future competition.

Thank you for your patience in this matter, and please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

In Clear Sight 

Judith Tipping

Inaccessible 

Carrie Williams

Jacopo’s Contract 

Andrew Okey

Malice Alice 

Michael Lynch

Owl Light  

Anne Wilson

Sedah Falls 

Michael Lynch

The Invitation 

Louise Groarke

About the Judge

Chris Curran is the author of five crime novels published by Harper Collins. Her first four books are psychological thrillers and critics have called them ‘compelling.’ ‘truly gripping,’ (Sunday Express) ‘cinematic and well-constructed’. Her most recent, ALL THE LITTLE LIES, is ‘a perfectly wrought psychological drama … a film maker’s dream.’ (Bookmuse)

Chris loves gothic fiction and is not averse to a smattering of horror. Since 2020 she has also written as Abbie Frost. THE GUESTHOUSE has been described as ‘A classic remote house mystery’. The Sun called it ‘addictive’; The Daily Mail ‘addictive and fun’, The Courier, ‘a scintillating read.’

Follow Chris/Abbie on Twitter: @FrostyAbbie

Website: chriscurranauthor.com

Poetry Competition

We very much regret that, due to the limited number of entries received, and in consultation with our intended Judge, John McCullough, this competition has been cancelled.  This was felt to be the fairest solution and does not reflect on the quality of the entries submitted.

All entrants will be contacted individually and fully reimbursed their entry fees, with the option of carrying forward the fee as a credit for entry to a future competition.

Thank you for your patience in this matter, and please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.