Hal’s Ladder

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Hal’s Ladder won the Mystery Women Crime Story competition in March 2011.   The first sentence was provided: ‘Poor Hal. I knew him well – like a brother …’ The story had to be under 1000 words and crime.  This was the first real monetary prize Sue won for a short story and it set her on the road she’s still walking.  Find it here.

Writers’ Forum – second place

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Sue’s story ‘The out’, won second place in the April edition of the Writers’ Forum (out now).  The judge described it as ‘a chilling tale  of a woman torn by past loyalties and present dread.’  Originally shortlisted for a local crime competition, and with a year of drawer time, Sue rewrote it extensively before submitting. There’s a lot to be said for distancing yourself from a piece of writing in order to be able to look at your work critically.  It also helps to have a judge that understands what you’ve tried to do.