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The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Twist & Mix, my second collection of short stories, has won a Red Ribbon (Honourable Mention) in The Wishing Shelf Book awards.

I am pleased with the Readers’ Comments and thought I’d share some of them with you:

‘An interesting array of writings. I enjoyed many of them. Character development seems to be the author’s no. 1 skill. I particularly enjoyed A Chance For Charlie.

Female reader, aged 56 ‘I enjoy a good short story; perfect just before bed. There was an excellent mix here and plenty of fully formed characters to enjoy. Much of the writing was fresh and descriptive. Very enjoyable.’

Male reader, aged 42 ‘This author is very good at ‘showing’ and not ‘telling’, a rare gift.’

Male reader, aged 51 ‘Amusing in many ways and, as the blurb suggests, even thought-provoking. A short story is a tough sell but the author worked hard to offer the reader a set of well-written, character-driven shorts.’

Female reader, aged 42 Catchy Quote ‘A provocative mix of shorts; character-driven and, often, thought-provoking. A Red Ribbon winner!’

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Go here to see the Honourable Mention

(Red Ribbon): Scroll to the bottom of the page.


Leominster Bookfair

Leominster Festival starts on 2nd June and continues until 11th June with a variety of entertainment, fun, music and family outings. For full details see the website:

The Family Fun Day is on Saturday June 10th on The Grange and includes a Bookfair – a must for all book lovers. There will be books for sale, local authors and publishers to discuss writing and publishing. There will be a Children’s Corner with storytelling and performance.

Come and browse, chat, enjoy the entertainment as you wander around the Grange. While you’re there, explore historic Grange Court, entry free.

I hope to see you there.

Writing Competition

There is only one month left to enter the Leominster Festival Writing Competition

This year the 31st Leominster Festival runs from 30th May to 7th June. The theme is “Lurid Leominster” celebrating the town’s colourful past. You can join in by taking part in our Writing Competition


3 age groups

2 classes: Flash Fiction & Poem

£25 prize for winning entries  

Closing date 24th April  

Awards ceremony 6 pm. Fri. 5th June at Grange Court

Guest of Honour – Jasper Fforde

Short-listed entries displayed during the Festival


Sponsored by Orphans’ Press



Age groups: under 11 years, 11-16 years, over 16 years.

Theme: “Lurid Leominster”. The subject of the piece can be any event, mythical or historical from Leominster’s past e.g. from St Edfrith and the Lion to the ducking of Jenny Pipes. The theme applies to both classes.


Flash Fiction: up to 500 words written or printed on just one side of each sheet, preferably double spaced. The title should be written on every page and pages numbered

Poetry: Maximum 8 lines. Any layout is accepted so long as it is legible. Single page only.


The competition is open to anyone. Posthumous entries are not eligible.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published in any form or won or commended in any other competition. Entries cannot be changed after receipt and fees cannot be refunded.

Any number of entries will be accepted from any entrant.

The entrant’s name should not be written on the entry, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Entrance fee: individuals – £2 per entry. Entries entered by a school or college are free. Cash or cheques payable to Leominster Festival.

Closing date: 24th April 2014

Prizes: A cheque for £25 will be presented for the winning entry in each category (up to 6 in all). In the case of entries made through a school this cheque will be made payable to the school to be shared with the winner. Certificates will be presented to winners and runners-up, designed and printed by Orphans’ Press.

Shortlisted entrants in each category will be notified before 29th May and will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at Grange Court at 6 p.m. on Friday 5th June.

Shortlisted entries will be on display throughout the Festival (site to be decided).

A list of winners and runners-up will be displayed on the Festival website after the awards ceremony.


Entries should be posted or delivered to:

Peter Ellis, Woodside House, Bridge Street, Leominster HR6 8DZ

A team of judges will select the shortlist and the winning entries. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Worldwide copyright remains with the author but the Leominster Festival reserves the right to publish short-listed entries if it so wishes. The judges reserve the right to withhold the prize if entries are not of a high enough standard.

Entries will only be acknowledged if a stamped-addressed postcard is provided marked Leominster Festival Writing Competition – Acknowledgement.

Entries will only be returned after the results have been announced. They will be posted to entrants only if a stamped addressed envelope of appropriate size is provided with the entries.

Entry implies acceptance of the rules.

The organisers reserve the right to change the age-groups and prize distribution depending on the entries.

To find out more about this year’s Festival visit the Facebook page or email us on 2015

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