Competition 2019 Results

We are delighted to announce the results of the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition 2019 on the theme of ‘Numbers’ to chime with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival’s theme of ‘7 at 70’.  The judges had a hard time selecting the winners out of nearly 230 entries.

We would like to thank our judges, Amanda Reynolds and Stephen Daniels, and all those who entered the competition for their support of the GWN.

Our congratulations to the winners, runners up, and those commended.  Winners and runners up will be reading their work at the GWN Festival event in The Nook at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday 6 October 2019 and their work will be published in our 2019 pamphlet.


Winning Prose Piece


‘Coping by Numbers’ by Julie Carthy, The Pludds, Forest of Dean


Prose Runners-up ‘Numbers not required’ by Mandy Robotham, Whiteshill

‘Private Number’ by Catherine Brennan, Winchcombe

‘The Weigh-In’ by Liz Carew, Cirencester


Prose Commended ‘Countdown to the Kiss’ by Sophie Flynn, Moreton-in-Marsh

‘The Perfect 10’ by Tom Ware, Cheltenham

‘Winter Starlings’ by Joanna Campbell, Bisley


Winning Poem ‘Vestry’ by Sarah Hemings, Oldland Common (S Glos)

Poetry Runners-up


‘Gathering’ by Phil Kirby, Tetbury

‘Safety in Numbers’ by David Hale, Horsley

‘Five Minutes’ by David Hale, Horsley

Poetry Commended ‘Playing the Game’ by Michael Newman, Bishops Cleeve

‘Scanner’ by Phil Kirby, Tetbury

‘The Golden Ratio’ by Roger Hale, Gorsley, Herefordshire

(works in Gloucestershire)


For details of the GWN Festival event L092 go to:

With many thanks to our sponsors Liggy Webb and The Suffolk Anthology and to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival for their support of our event.