Ian Baker and Heather Flood took the top prizes for the second successive year at Eastbourne group Anderida Writers’ annual Short Story and Poetry competition at the West Rocks Hotel.
Former West End actor Alan not only read the entries – he also won the first prize of £100 in the Short Story section with another of his amusing tales, this time Florrie.
Heather came up with a comic piece called Good-bye My Dear Husband to claim the £75 prize.
The competition, on the theme Narrow Escape, was decided by those members present giving each entry marks out of 10, and prizes were presented by competition secretary Maria Louka.
Steve Houghton took second prize of a meal for two at the West Rocks Hotel with All Manor of Surprises in the short story section, while Alan Baker’s Algernon Augustus Bartholomew was third, Tony Flood’s Singers Narrow Escape fourth and Francis Wait’s Jim’s Narrow Escape fifth.
The runner-up in the Poetry section was Dave Wells with A Noble Piece of Driftwood, and Michael Fleming’s Suspense came third.
Anderida Writers, whose patron is best selling author Peter James, is a friendly group which assists would-be authors to get published as well as helping those who just want to write for fun. Anyone interested in joining should telephone Alan Baker on 01273 586874.
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