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30th Anniversary Student Competition

All these poems and stories will be included in our
30th Anniversary Anthology to be published later this year.

Congratulations to those chosen and to the winners in each category.


Winner – Peter Jackson – Portrait

Aileen Shirra – Funeral

Alan Wiggins – Hitch Hiking Lads

Alex Kashko – Devil Man Blues

Angela Ness – Hi-Pop

Ann Williams – Parcel

Ann-Marie Corner – Protean Thought’s

Cosmo Goldsmith – Woman in Pony Trap

Robert Frederick Tatlow – Leaping, Exploding Sunshine

Helen Gaen – Terminal

Liz Goulds – Cherry, Lola and I

Lorenza Cangiano – Transmutation of The Soul

Madeline Marshall – The Clairvoyant

Sue Ross – Just Chillin'

Tracey Kitchen – A Celebration of Creation


Short Story

Winner – Amber Phillips – Big Freeze

Aileen Shirra – They Also Serve

Alan Wiggins – Early Doors

Amanda Jane Davies – Flying Snakes and Sandwiches

Carol Steel – The Importance of Rout Planning

Gillian Sinclair – A Star Is Born

Grace Dodridge – Pathological Liar

Jacob Rath – Long Face

Jane Brydon – Sheltered Love

Janice Tyler – The Redemption Bell

Julie Spruce – Scout

Karen Murdarasi – The Curse is Come Upon Me

Pippa Longley – The Funniest Thing

Susan Rocks – A Better Life

Susan Seligson – If Music Be The Food Of Love

Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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