In Honour of Rosemary Goodacre

Francesca and Elaine, along with other friends of author Rosemary Goodacre, are running a competition in her name and the proceeds will be going to her favourite charity Spade Work. Meanwhile, we take a trip down memory lane…

With the Rosemary Goodacre Memorial Short Story Competition well on its way, we thought we’d share some photographs of her with us and our fellow friends running the competition: Elaine Everest, Natalie Kleinman, Ann West and Catherine Burrows. They also include our judge Vivien Brown and a lot of Rosemary’s other writing friends from over the years.

There are details of the competition at the end of the post.

Sarah Stephenson, Rosemary and Elaine Roberts at a Romantic Novelists Association Winter Party in 2016

At a daytime writing workshop in 2012. Francesca’s daughter is on Rosemary’s left with Catherine Burrows on her right.

This photo was taken in Oxford prior to the Romantic Novelist’s Association’s Joan Hessayon Award evening in 2018. Rosemary is on the left, then Francesca, Elaine R, Sarah, Elaine Everest and Natalie Kleinman. We had a lovely time and lots of wine was drunk by all.

Fun and larks at the Write Place creative writing class Christmas party in 2012.

The Romantic Novel Awards in 2016 with Natalie, Sarah, Elaine E, Rosemary and Elaine R.

Caerleon Writers’ Holiday 2013: Rosemary, Angela Johnson, Elaine E, Ann West, Natalie and Linda Barrett.

This was taken at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards evening in 2015. A lovely evening with Rosemary, Vivien Brown, Francesca and Elaine.

The Romantic Novel Awards 2014: Rosemary, Sarah, Elaine R, Natalie, Elaine E, Catherine, Vivien, Francesca and Karen Aldous.

Having a good chat in our kitchen at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference in 2019.

Rosemary and Elaine R having a glass of wine, which seems to be a theme in most of our photos!

Rosemary with Elaine E and Francesca at the Romantic Novelist’s Association Conference in Telford 2016. Have you noticed the wine? Who says romantic novelists don’t know how to have a good time.

Dinner at the RNA’s Conference in 2019: Vivien, Rosemary, Sarah, Catherine, Elaine E

RNA Winter Party 2014: Elaine R and Rosemary

In 2018 Rosemary, Viv, Elaine E and Natalie were travelling First Class to Leeds for the RNA conference.

Rosemary and Natalie travelling back from the conference in Leeds. We were all so much quieter coming back and shattered.

This was the gang attending an interesting talk by Tracy Chevalier in London.



To commemorate the life of saga author Rosemary Goodacre her friends are organising a short story competition with all profits going to her favourite charity Spadework.  

JUDGE: Vivien Brown

About the competition:

1500 words maximum
Theme: Friendship
Each entry costs £7.50


1st £150.00
2nd £100.00
3rd £50.00 

Entries open 1st November 2021
Entries close midnight 31st March 2022


Introducing the The Rosemary Goodacre Memorial Short Story Competition

It’s been over a year now since we lost our dear friend Rosemary Goodacre, author of the Derwent Chronicles. In her honour, a group of us have organised an exciting new short story competition

It’s been over a year now since we lost our dear friend, Rosemary Goodacre, author of the Derwent Chronicles, just as her third novel, Until We Can Forgive, was about to be published. In her honour, a group of us have organised a short story competition.

All proceeds of this will go to Rosemary’s favourite charity, Spadework, a charity based in Kent that supports adults with learning and other difficulties.

Rosemary gathered many friends throughout her life, so a short story competition based on the theme ‘Friendship’ is the perfect way to pay tribute to her. Entries should be no longer than 1500 words and the competition closes at midnight on 31st March 2022.

Rosemary was a talented and widely published short story writer. An accomplished poet, she won various competitions and was an enthusiastic member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Write Place, where she honed her craft and made many friends along the way. The high spot of her writing career was the publication of ‘The Derwent Chronicles’, her wonderful WW1 novels, published by Hera Books.

The main judge for this competition will be Vivien Brown, another friend of Rosemary’s. She has enjoyed an accomplished career spanning short stories, articles and six women’s contemporary novels. Vivien is a fellow of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

About The Competition:

Full entry details can be found here: Rosemary Goodacre Competition

The competition is organised by ‘The Friends of Rosemary Goodacre’ consisting of Elaine Everest, Catherine Burrows, Natalie Kleinman, Francesca Capaldi, Elaine Roberts, Ann West.