The August 2016 TCWG Creative Writing Competition: Where to find the stories and how to vote


All tcwg site members (and any other interested parties) are invited to read and enjoy the stories entered in the August 2016 TCWG creative writing competition.
If, having read all the stories, you would like to register your vote for the winner and placings, then please follow the voting instructions set out below. This is not obligatory, but if you choose to join in, your participation will be very much appreciated.

The deadline for entries into the July 2016 Creative Writing Competition passed at Midnight on the 31st.August 2016.

A multitude of disruptions, some due to the changeover of location following the closure of the MyT site and others due to unfortunate peripheral distractions unconnected to the workings of the group, have again conspired to limit the entries this month. But it is a small and much appreciated improvement on last month so hopefully we have turned the page (or the corner), or whatever other euphemism might be appropriate to our recent difficulties.

Naturally the weather hasn’t helped ( it having been unseasonally pleasant 🙂 ), though it is expected that more normal conditions will return as the leaves begin to fall and the days get shorter. The holiday season is also winding down and more time will become  available for indoor pursuits … in other words, future excuses for non participation in our monthly exercise will require the application of a little more than our usual creativity.**

** On reflection, that could make for a topic in a future month … “Write 500 to 750 words in the form of a letter of explanation as to why it was not possible to submit an entry for the current month”.

But I digress.

The topic for the August stories was set by the winner of the May/June 2016 competition  Seadams, who chose “ISLANDS”and  commented as follows …

“I’ve been thinking about islands and their connotations recently. I am quite fascinated by islands, and the idea of living on one permanently (but then, I suppose I already do.)

Island – isola – isolate…insula – insular…

I propose for August we write a story with an island setting – be it desert, tropical, luxurious; real or imaginary; legendary or metaphorical; Channel, Canary, Balearic, Pacific, Hebridean, Caribbean…stacks, reefs, atolls, archipelagos…but no cheating, please: no peninsulas.”


A heartfelt thank you to the 10 writers who have entered a total of 11 stories, and thanks are due in advance to all those group members who I hope will now support the competition by reading the stories and registering their vote in the form of a comment below on this post.


As in previous months, when voting it will help if voters will make sure to quote the name of the story when posting their vote.

Voting can now commence and will continue until 11 p.m. on Monday the 12th of September 2016 ( a slightly longer period than usual to allow voters to squeeze in a few more drops of  summer wine).
There are no restrictions as to who is allowed to vote, all that is asked is that the voter reads all the stories and votes according to their preference. A brief reason for the choice is welcome but not mandatory.
Voters are requested to vote 5 points for first place, 3 points for second, and 1 point for third place.
Please do not submit any other point combinations such as 3/3/3, 4/4/1, 5/2/2, etc.
Writers are requested not to vote for any of their own entries, and voters are asked not to comment at length about the stories or record any thoughts that you may have on them, until after voting closes.

There will be no detailed summaries posted as to how the voting is progressing throughout the voting period but as soon as possible after voting closes a tabulated list of results will be posted separately and the winner declared. If then you wish to describe in detail the reasons for your choices, or comment at length about some or all of the individual stories, a separate page will be set up at the end of the voting period and after the result has been posted.



Rediscovering sensations on Elba. Written by Expatangie.


Island. Written by Lostinwords.


The Lost Key. Written by Lostinwords.


Choices. Written by Araminta.


The Homecoming. Written by Atiller.


Columba’s Mist. Written by Danthemann.


The Siege. Written by Peter Barnett.


Visitors. Written by Archie_tp.


The Girl in the Lake. Written by Colmore.


This Island Universe. Written by Charles Stuart.


The Island. Written by Seadams.


Pleasant reading everybody, and please remember to vote.







47 thoughts on “The August 2016 TCWG Creative Writing Competition: Where to find the stories and how to vote

  1. This is wot I had wrote:

    Evening, all. Thank you for a really interesting range of stories.
    My votes:
    5 points The Lost. key by Lostinwords
    3 points This Island Universe by Charles Stuart
    1 point Island by Lostinwords


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