"I am greatly enjoying helping to judge the Plymouth Writers' Group short story competition. Having entered many writing competitions in the past, it is interesting to be involved in a competition from the judging side. The stories we have received so far have been of a high standard, and the open submission has allowed for a multitude of different topics. This is helping my own studies as reading the works of others is a useful tool for improving your own writing, and getting to view different styles and genres expands my own skill set."
Jo Stephens, BA (Hons) English, third year
"The competition experience has been really enjoyable so far. As team leader for the University judging panel, I have been able to work with amazing people from both the University and the Plymouth Writers' Group. The students involved in the team are very professional and we are all enjoying the experience of judging such a diverse competition. Being team leader has enabled me to work on transferable skills, such as delegation and communication skills, which will help me further on in my life when I have a career. As a student studying BA (Hons) English with Publishing, this competition is helping me in several aspects of my degree, from close reading and analysis to editing skills. It has been a great experience so far and I’m excited to continue leading this team as we try and choose the top five!"
Abigail Joyce, BA (Hons) English with Publishing, third year