Well the winners have now been announced.
Sydney Writers’ Centre whittled down the entrants for me in the ‘Word’ category to a list of five finalists: Call My Agent, Bothersome Words, Creative Penn, Graham Storrs and Musings of a Literary Dilettante. I enjoyed reading through all of them and getting to know the personalities behind them. They are all terrific (and up-to-date) resources for readers – particularly aspiring/emerging writers.
Abigail Nathan’s Bothersome Words stood out for me in the end. The blog has a consistent, strong and generous voice. I told the Centre: ‘Abigail blogs not only as an editor but as a reader. Her posts are informative, passionate and insightful, and never didactic. They are tightly written, with their own little quirks, like entertaining footnotes. She has a welcoming and generous tone and plenty of knowledge to impart. There is both variety and consistency, and the blog should be enjoyed widely by editors, writers and the general reader.’
Do go and give her a read, add her to your blogrolls, follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook! One tiny thing I will say is that I find the font a little hard to read on my PC (it’s quite small), but it’s perfect on the iPhone. Try it out on a different device if you have trouble.
Congratulations Abigail, I look forward to reading more from you.
And thank you so much to the Sydney Writers’ Centre for giving me with this wonderful task in the inaugural year of the competition. I hope I can help out again in the future.