Results of the "Tales from the Bridge Table" BRIDGE COMPETITION WITH A DIFFERENCE
1st: "While a city burns" by Vivien Eldridge
2nd: "Twelve on Tuesday" by Helen Sharwood
3rd: "Peter and Jean" by Andrew Denson
These three people have been awarded their cash prizes, while the seven writers below received book prizes as Highly Commended:
"Ship Shape" by Ken Johnson
"The Bridge Limerick" and "A Tale of the Ace of Spades" by Joel Speiser
"It Makes Sense to Some" by Neville Moses
"I Just Tell my Mother" by Robert Goudet
"Bridge Etiquette" and "Birth of a Baby Director" by Ernie Newman
"Teardrops did Fall" by Greg Quittner
"Robot Duplicate" by Oleg Rubinchik
The judging process
Thanks to our four judges: Ron Klinger and John Roberts (bridge internationals, writers and teachers), Sarah Carradine (writer, editor and bridge director), and Kerrie Eyers (book editor). They were given the submissions, with the names of the writers removed, and asked to give a score out of 100. There was a wide range of entries: poetry and prose, fact and fiction. Thanks to all those who entered the competition. Often your entries were rated very highly by some judges, but did not make the top ten as other judges had different preferences. The judges' consensus favoured personal tales over some of the excellent bridge articles that were received. However, all submissions were much appreciated!
Details of the competition are below. While all prizes have now been assigned, we would still welcome further entries which may be used for a book.
We seek human interest stories with minimum technicality and maximum entertainment that illustrate why bridge is a passion, not just a game. Submissions, anecdotes and other creative bids will be judged by an independent panel and prizes awarded. What is your best tale?
WRITING COMPETITION DETAILS
- We invite you to write a story or essay of between 500 and 1500 words defining the nature of the passion for bridge as you have experienced or observed it.
- Alternatively, if not attracted to writing a story, you may care to offer a shorter piece, for example: your favourite bridge anecdote, a joke or poem, or your bridge partner’s most colourful point-scoring aphorisms. What was the funniest bridge incident you ever observed? What was the most amusing thing your bridge teacher ever said?
- Your submission (de-identified) will be judged by an independent panel.
- There are prizes for the top 3 pieces, plus other prizes and commendations:
1st prize $1000
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250
We celebrate the 26th anniversary of Trumps opening on 5 October 1988. Program starts 6pm, Saturday, 10 October 2015 BBQ, drinks, social + casual bridge & other games. FREE entry. (Some charity fundraisers) Your friend or partner is most welcome.
Day Xmas Party: Sunday 6 December 2015. Come 12.30pm for lunch and drinks ($25); please book. Duplicate starts 1.30pm ($10/$13, or Free to members who came for the lunch).
We celebrate the anniversary of Trumps opening on 5 October 1988. Usually on the Sunday after the long weekend (Sunday 11 October 2015). Bridge, drinks, BBQ with beverage, more bridge, lots of fun! Members $25, visitors $30. Please book.