Our Reader for December (leap year):

Thanks to our Reader for judging our December competition – with an extra day this weekend, why not use the time to enter our current competition? You have until midnight on the 29th to write an entry on the theme of ‘cloud’, or check out didcotwriters.wordpress.com on 1st March for our new theme.

Alex Phuong headshot.jpgAlex Andy Phuong graduated from California State University-Los Angeles with his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2015.  He currently writes film reviews voluntarily and passionately, and the link to his profile is at  https://movieboozer.com/author/alex-phuong.

If you would be interested in judging our competition in future, get in touch at didcotwriters@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself.

Our Reader for November (shiver)

Our Reader back in November, for our ‘shiver’ theme, was Patricia McBride. Thank you to Patricia for reading all our entries so speedily, and picking her favourites.

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Patricia McBride is the author of several self-help books and training manuals. She is also the author of four fiction books including a trilogy set in World War Two. She is currently writing a witch mystery. Her favourite author at the moment is John Boyne. Her facebook page is at https://bit.ly/2DHc43o

If you would be interested in judging our competition in 2020, email didcotwriters@gmail.com and let us know a bit about yourself and your writing experience.

Our Reader for October (sugar rush)

Our Reader in October was Dreena Collins. Dreena got in touch with us early in 2019, and had to wait until Autumn to judge our competition because we had so many people wanting to be Reader for us! If you’d like a turn, email didcotwriters@gmail.com and we’ll let you know when the next slot is.

Thanks to Dreena, who read through all the entries within a day of receiving them! The winning pieces, and Dreena’s reasons for her choices, will be published on this site on Mondays and Fridays for the next couple of weeks. Follow the site to receive them direct to your inbox. And don’t forget to enter our current competition if you want a chance at seeing your work published next month!

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Dreena Collins was born in Jersey, where she works in Education. She has been shortlisted and long-listed in a number of writing competitions, including the Bath Flash Fiction Awards, and the Bridport Prize. Dreena’s work has appeared in anthologies, magazines and on-line, and she has two published short story collections. Her hobbies include eating spicy food, unintentionally waking at 4.30 am, and falling over. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Our Reader for September

Our September competition, themed ‘buzz’ (do you remember how the wasps got about in the summer?) was Kevin Neill.

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A retired public health officer and former military, my own writing experience includes a new novel that I’m putting the finishing touches on, as well as a number of short stories and flash fiction. And we cannot forget the first novel that I literally put a match to. Most of my stories center on the Middle East where I was a military peacekeeper, and in the UK, where I lived for quite some time in Sheffield and North Devon. I’m delighted to be a part of this writing community.

Thanks to Kevin for his efficient reading of all the entries. You can read what Kevin thought of each of his chosen winners as the pieces are published on Mondays and Fridays.

If you’d like to be Reader in another month, get in touch at didcotwriters@gmail.com and tell us a bit about yourself.


Our Reader for May

Some of you will recognise our Reader for May as Katherine Meehan, who MC’d at our springtime-themed poetry open mic on 1st May in Didcot. Thank you to her for spending the time reading this month’s entries.

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Katherine Meehan lives in South Oxfordshire and spends her free time reading books about time and how to survive in the wilderness. She’s had several short stories published in in the States and she’s currently studying for an Mst in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. You can find her on Twitter @kmeehan.

If you’d like to be our Reader in a future month please email Alice via didcotwriters@gmail.com and tell us a bit about your writing experience and why you’d like to be involved.

Our Reader for April

For our April theme, All About Me, our Reader was Rachel Waters – this post is all about her!

Like all the Readers this year, Rachel returned her choices in record-breaking time! Thank you for her time reading and considering each piece in this month’s competition.

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Rachel Waters read English Language and Literature at The University of Manchester and now enjoys writing poems and stories in her spare time. She is a member of a local book group. She works at an after school club. She is married to artist, Grant Waters, and they have two children.

If you would be interested in being a Reader in another month (you don’t have to be a part of Didcot Writers), email Alice at didcotwriters@gmail.com to say why you’d be interested.

Our Reader for March

Our Reader for our March competition, ‘Shall we order now?’, was Emma Williams.

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Emma Williams has written several treatment guides for clinicians. She is halfway through her first novel a satirical comedy about God, death and tortoises.

Emma, like our Readers for January and February, turned the job around in only a day – thank you for the efficiency! We have a different Reader each month, who reads all the entries and picks their favourites. If you would be interested in being Reader in another month, please email didcotwriters@gmail.com for further information.

Our Reader for February

Our Reader for February’s competition, themed ‘confrontation’, was Rose Little. She turned things round in a record-breaking 24 hours, how efficient!

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Rose spent many years helping children and adults write, and is now enjoying the inspiration and support of Didcot Writers. Of being our Reader, she said, ‘I enjoyed being on the “other side”, instead of writing myself this month, and I find the imagination and skill of other writers awesome.’

Find out what Rose thought about each of her chosen pieces as they are published: Follow the site to receive them straight to your inbox every Monday and Friday.

Our Reader for January

Our Reader for January’s competition, themed ‘underground’ was Sarah Byrne. Sarah returned her winning choices to us in less than 48 hours, which sets a record!

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Sarah is a film and theatre researcher who also writes speculative fiction and has had a number of short stories published in anthologies.

About being our Reader, Sarah said:

I found this quite difficult as there were loads of good stories and poems and quite a varied approach to the theme. I’ve tried to pick a wide selection of styles and genres!

Follow this site at didcotwriters.wordpress.com to receive the winning pieces straight to your inbox on Mondays and Fridays.

Our Reader for December

Our reader for December’s competition, themed ‘boundaries’, was Angus Broadbent.

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Angus Broadbent is a full time creative writing student and a part time book seller. Incidentally his life now seems to revolve entirely around books. Some snippets of his writing can be found on his blog at www.angusblogbent.com.

About the winning piece, Too Close for Comfort, by Max Cantrell, Angus said:

This is a quirky and stylishly written piece, jam-packed full of glamorous metaphors. The narrative voice was enticing and I was pulled in by their clever imagery and witty remarks.

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