This year we can run to a top twenty (just). L.V.Upward (who is to feature for many years to come) is the first to claim Seacape’s crown, although not quite equal the number of his victories. The numbers at the end are previous placings. As the race for third, seventh and tenth place show, this was a close and far more even outcome than the previous three years.
1. L.V.Upward 8 victories £11.0s.0d (-,9=,8=)
2. E.W.Fordham 7 victories £8.8s.0d (6,-,-)
3= William Bliss 9 victories £7.7s.0d (5,-,-)
W.Leslie Nicholls 7 victories £7.7s.0d (-,-,-)
T.E.Casson 7 victories £7.7s.0d (-,-,-)
6 Black Gnat 5 victories £6.6s.0d (-,-,-)
7= Guy Hadley 4 victories £5.5s.0d (-,-,-)
Southron 5 victories £5.5s.0d (-,-,-)
Lester Ralph 3 victories £5.5s.0d (10=,-,-)
10= James Hall 5 victories £4.14s.6d (3=,-,4)
Alice Herbert 3 victories £4.14s.6d (-,-,-)
Marion Peacock 4 victories £4.14s.6d (-,-,-)
Redling 5 victories £4.14s.6d (-,-,-)
H.C.M. 3 victories £4.14s.6d (-,-,3)
15= N.B. 4 victories £4.4s.0d (-,-,-)
W.A.Rathkey 3 victories £4.4s.0d (10=,-,-)
Eremita 5 victories £4.4s.0d (10=,-,-)
P.S.C. 2 victories £4.4s.0d (-,-,-)
Seacape 2 victories £4.4s.0d (1,1,1)
20= Rosellen Bett 3 victories £3.13s.6d (-,-,-)
Prudence 2 victories £3.13s.6d (-,-,-)
A few points:
The major absentees are W.Hodgson Burnet, who won no prizes (but did judge a competition), and who died in the last month after what must have been a severe illness; Pibwob and Little Billee, both of whom managed three wins, and both of whom will return with a vengeance; W.G.; Valimus and Non Omnia.
Black Gnat and Seacape are one and the same, so if they had entered as one, they would have come equal second.
T.E.Casson, in his fourth year, has finally seen rewards for his persistent, weekly entries.
W. Leslie Nicholls is the major new name.
It will be interesting to see who decides to keep going when the WR is taken over by New Statesman and Nation. At least three of the above were still winning prizes in the 1950s.
In 1933, there were 90 winners (down from 114, perhaps a sign of failing circulation) who won £192 (down from just over £201 – not least because of several prizeless B comps). The number appearing behind initials had shrunk from 15 to 8, and the number of pseudonyms was down from 45 to 30. So 50% of the entrants are now providing their names.