New - National Competitions listing

For anyone interested in entering national writing competitions, we now maintain a list, which can be reached through the National Competitions link in the top menu.


At our stall in Topsham on Town Fayre Day, we had a very nice chat with Andy Bush of ULoveBooks ("the book lover's home), the Cullmpton-based Internet bookshop. He's kindly hosted a link for our competition, and we'll gladly return the favour; his site is worth visiting for its very evident love of book topics. See The Bookseller's Blog and ...And another thing for a variety of interesting posts on bookselling, books, illustration and more.

Anthology wins joint first prize

The outcome of the competition for the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust's annual Writers' Circles Anthology Trophy:

Joint first prize! Exposure won £100 for the Group.

The other winning anthologies were: Pot Hooks for Ladles from the Salford-based Words in Edgeways, Along the Lines from Ross-Shire Writers Group, and And Having Writ... from the Carmarthenshire-based ScribesRus.

The overall winner was Along the Lines, which received the trophy, but joint first prize is the official designation. We're delighted with the result, and our thanks go to all who participated in the creation of Exposure.

Background for those interested: David St John Thomas was one of the co-founders of the Devon-based publisher David & Charles, since 2000 an imprint of F+W Publications. The Trust, founded to foster good writing, was established with the proceeds of the sale.


In 2008 Exeter Writers launched Exposure, an anthology of members' work, which is now available at or Amazon.

Meet a concubine who is buried alive with her lord; a girl in Rio who longs to dance the samba; a writer who seeks his muse in an Italian piazza; a farmer who invites the Queen to muck out his pig pen; a pantomime dame; a highly dysfunctional family; a film star who drinks blood - we could go on. But no: see for yourselves in this entertaining collection of stories, novel extracts, poems and flash fiction from Exeter Writers' Group.

Earlier this year, we entered the anthology in the David St John Thomas Anthology Competition, and it is currently on a short list of four. The final result will be known at the prizegiving in London on Wednesday 30th April, for which four selected members are looking out their best suits and frocks while keeping their fingers crossed.