Village columnist wins first prize in writing contest

A VILLAGE correspondent for the Bucks Herald has won a short story competition after he was inspired by the recent riots.

The short story, set against the background of this year’s summer riots, has won Pitstone column author Dave Sivers first prize in a competition organised by Wendover-based Chiltern Writers.

Dave’s story, Pink With Envy, tells how an ordinary girl gets caught up in the riots and finds herself presented with an opportunity to loot the pink jacket she covets.

The judge, top author Carole Matthews, described the winning entry as ‘a master class in how to construct a short story’.

Dave was presented with a copy of Carole Matthews’ latest best-seller, Wrapped Up in You, at Chiltern Writers’ Christmas social.

His prize also includes the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea with the author.

“It’s always nice to have your work appreciated,” he said.

“And recognition from a top selling author like Carole is extremely satisfying.

“Winning this competition is the cherry on the cake in what has been a good year.”

Dave, who is well-known throughout the Vale as a freelance writer, contributing to local newspapers and magazines, recently published his crime fantasy novel, A Sorcerer Slain, as an eBook in August.

The sequel, Inquisitor Royal, will follow shortly.