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A.W.C. AWARDS’ DINNER – Wednesday May 8th, 2024

As another year ended for Ayr Writers’ Club, members gathered in the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick, for their Annual Awards’ Dinner, on May 8th.

Not only was it a convivial occasion, but also the chance to celebrate members’ successes in the eleven club competitions, and to award a trophy for the first time.

The Marion Montgomery Award for Poetry is a new trophy donated by the family of former club member Marion Montgomery, to honour their mother’s memory. In addition, their generous donation paid for this season’s poetry speaker and adjudicator and will cover the costs of the poetry competition’s prizes in years to come. To help launch the trophy, the family also donated a one-off prize of £100, which was awarded to the winner, Nigel Ward, by Marion’s daughter, Margaret.

After a delicious meal, and plenty of chat, our awards ceremony began, giving trophy- winning members their red-carpet moment, and well-deserved rounds of applause!

Here is our list of trophy winners:

Book Review: Catherine Lang/Bioforce/Vogel Trophy – Stephen Cashmore

Drama/Scriptwriting: Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Trophy – Greta Yorke

Scottish Article: JR & CH Mair Quich – Andy Fairie

Poetry: The Marion Montgomery Award – Nigel Ward

Women’s Magazine Story: Women’s Short Story Trophy – Thomas Malloch

General Short Story: Ellie Hamilton Trophy – Matthew Richardson

Non-Fiction Article: Cadas/Miller Shield – Chris Palmer

Children’s Fiction: Scotland’s Artist’s Trophy – Thomas Malloch

General Novel: Novel Writing Trophy – Fiona Johnson

Flash Fiction: Leigh Trophy – Kirsty Hammond

Ayrshire Drabble Competition: Little Bundle Box Trophy – Damaris West

Most Competition Points (Novice): Archie Quigley Trophy – Louise Cawson

Most Competition Points: Ishbel Robertson Trophy – Thomas Malloch

Published Writer of the Year: Dorrith Sim Trophy – Linda Brown

With the official handing over of the gavel, for the use of the incoming committee, and the drawing of the raffle, Ayr Writers’ Club’s red-carpet event was over, with the promise of another interesting and inspiring programme for the 24 – 25 season.


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