July 2016 competition reviews and critiques.

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Step back in time, review the stories entered in the July competition, and post your thoughts for discussion.

This could be achieved either by posting the review on your own WordPress Blogsite with a link to that site posted here in the form of a comment, or by directly posting your whole review here below.


July 2016 tcwg competition result, and Peter’s topic for September.

As confirmed by Americanmum’s post which listed and totalled all the votes cast in the competition  (https://tcwgshortstories.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/july-2016-votes/ ), the result is a follows.

First with 28 points. DEMERARA SUGAR. Written by Peter Barnett.
Second with 27 points. THROUGH THE WORMHOLE. Written by Atiller.
And third with 21 points was BEATHAG. Written by Seadams.

Congratulations to Peter, who succeeded with his own topic thus winning two out of the last three competitions, and thanks to all other competitors who managed to come to terms with our new blog-site and enter a qualifying story.

It now falls to Peter to select a topic for the September competition which I suggest will be a story of between 250 and 750 words.

**************  The early indication from Peter is that he would like the topic for September to be the individual writer’s free choice i.e. an OPEN TOPIC on whatever takes your fancy.

The August 2016 TCWG Creative Writing Competition. Full details of how to enter.


Details of the August 2016 Creative Writing Competition.

The topic for AUGUST has been set by the winner of the May/June 2016 competition  Seadams who chosen “ISLANDS” and has 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.”


The length of the story in August will be the regular “between 500 and 3000 words”, and competitors are reminded that multiple entries can be accepted, particularly of the shorter variety.
Closing date for entries will be Midnight on Wednesday the 31st. of August 2016.
The period for receiving votes will be announced when the competition closes, and votes will not be accepted until after the competition closes.
The “prize” for winning this July competition will be to set the topic for October 2016 when I am proposing that we will have a lower limit of 250 to 750 words, giving an opportunity for some writers to make multiple entries.

After the competition closes there will be a vote to decide the first three places.
Just after the closing date, details of how to vote, and a vote collection point will be set up here in this competition section.

How to enter.
Post your story on your personal WordPress blogs and post a link to your story in the form of a comment below (“Leave a reply” panel.)

For those unfamiliar with the workings of the monthly competition a list of detailed rules for the competition can be found here …


Pleasant writing and good luck. There are still a few teething problems (some more aggravating than others), but please persevere, and with Autumn approaching let’s try to get back into double figure entries once again.

Remember … help with your problems is available so please ask.

The JULY 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 JULY 2016 TCWG creative writing competition.
If, having read all the stories, you would like to register your vote for the winner and placings, then the instructions below will tell you how to go about it, 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.July.

The teething problems of our new posting arrangements, not helped by the fact that the introductory period has coincided with the holiday period of the year, has temporarily reduced the number of entries to 9 this month … but Rome was not built in a day,. or so we have been told, so things can only get better.
The topic for the stories was set by the winner of the April 2016 competition, Peter Barnett who commented as follows …

“My theme for July has been influenced by listening to the play Boswell’s Life of Pinter on Radio Four, which, rather than being seen as a time traveller, Boswell was displaced in time with a characterised Boswell meeting a characterised Pinter, An mp3 of the recorded BBC programme may be downloaded here …http://www.mediafire.com/download/qwg39dnyk5x5hfb/S01E03.mp3).
The chosen theme is a characterisation of time displacement, forward, backward or both: Romance, science fiction, any genre, any time period(s) and any format you like.
What do you think would happen if your character or characters (which could include yourself) are displaced in time by years or even just seconds, minutes, perhaps?
Would they remember or not be aware of the time displacement?
Maybe like Boswell’s characterisation they are simply shifted out of their own time and into another one. Or maybe they can switch between time zones, either willingly or not.
The story does not necessarily have to include the present time.”


Thank you to the 9 writers who have entered a story, 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 would help if voters would 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 Wednesday the 10th.of August 2016.
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.


JAMES, AND FRANK, AND JEBB. Written by Capucin.

AMIBANU. Written by Archie t_p.

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. Written by Colmore.

ECHOES THROUGH THE YEARS. Written by ExpatAngie.

WHAT THEN IS TIME? Written by Araminta.

BEATHAG. Written by Seadams.

ANNE’S AND GEORGE’S LITTLE NON-ADVENTURE. Written by Furryfeatures (Charles Stuart.)

THROUGH THE WORMHOLE. Written by Atiller

DEMERARA SUGAR. Written by Peter Barnett.


IMPORTANT. If I have inadvertently missed any entries, please advise by posting a link in the form of a comment below.

Pleasant reading.