Over the two and a half years since the Itinerant Writers Club was set up, my writing has been deconstructed, critiqued and analysed by fellow members. I have striven to improve, but it’s no easy task. Measuring the club’s success has been impossible, and I have always hoped members find being part of this friendly online writing group useful.
The uncertainty of whether we have achieved anything changed on Monday, when I read the Bradt/Independent on Sunday finalist announcement for this year’s travel writing competition.
- Two of the six finalists are Elizabeth Gowing and Helen Watson.
- The ‘Highly Commended’ list of five included two from the IWC, Jean Ashbury and Celia Dillow.
- In the group of three ‘Commended’ I was thrilled to see my name.
- And Suzy Pope was listed as one of the ‘best of the long-shortlist’.
That means 36% of the top 14 places are taken by IWC members.
We have a history of wins in the club, but nothing like this, particularly in what is reckoned to be one of the most important competitions of the year.
So well done to all those who achieved a top 20 place, but a particular well done to the IWC crew. I’ll add the name of the overall winner to this post as soon as I have it.