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Details of the JANUARY 2015 Creative Writing Competition.

A Happy New Year to all members both old and new, and welcome to the first competition of 2015.

The topic for January has been set by the winner of the October 2014 competition Charles Stuart, and he has suggested that topic should be as described here in his own words …

“OK, this is my idea. Before I encountered this site, I had written quite few short stories. I have on a couple of occasions resurrected one, maybe revised it a bit and then entered it. For December or the next month that this competition is held, my suggestion is an open topic that people should look at their old writings and select one story that has never been published or submitted to any other competition and submit it here. If a person wishes to revise their story to bring it up to standard or up to date, they may do so. For anyone who has never written anything other than their entries to these monthly competitions or who feels that nothing else they’ve written is worth entering, they should make such a declaration when posting their entry and write a fictional story of the usual length featuring a central character or object that is “someone, something or some animal that is old”.

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For those that missed them, links to all the October 2014 entries, including Charles’ winning story, can be found here …
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/october-2014-creative-writing-competition-where-to-find-the-stories-and-how-to-register-your-vote/

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The length of the story in January should be between 500 and 3000 words.

Closing date for entries –Midnight SATURDAY the 31st. of January 2015.

The period for receiving votes will be announced at the close of the competition.Votes will not be accepted until the competition closes.

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Entries.
Publish stories on your personal blogs and post a link to the story in the form of a comment below on this post.

If you are unable to do this, post your entry as a separate “Update” or “Discussion” in the Creative Writing forum at …

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/

The “prize” for winning this January competition is to set the topic for March 2015.

The competition is open to anyone with an interest in short story writing, particularly (but not exclusively) to members of the MyT site and/or the Creative Writing Group and Short Story Club sites.

Voting is open to all.
Just after the closing date a vote collection point will be set up as a “Discussion” on the Creative Writing Group page.

Links to previous winners can be found here …

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/short-story-winners/

A list of detailed rules for the competition can be found here …

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/the-creative-writing-competition-rules-and-regulations/

FOR BACKGROUND REFERENCE ONLY.
There is a topic For New Members which explains a little more about this forum:

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/for-new-members/

There is a discussion topic for My Telegraph bugs and issues at:

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/about-us/forum/topic/my-telegraph-bugs-and-issues/

Good luck and pleasant writing!

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THE ENTRIES

The deadline for the January 2015 Creative Writing Competition passed at Midnight on January 31st 2015.

The topic for the stories was set by Charles Stuart and was described thus …

“OK, this is my idea. Before I encountered this site, I had written quite few short stories. I have on a couple of occasions resurrected one, maybe revised it a bit and then entered it. For December or the next month that this competition is held, my suggestion is an open topic that people should look at their old writings and select one story that has never been published or submitted to any other competition and submit it here. If a person wishes to revise their story to bring it up to standard or up to date, they may do so. For anyone who has never written anything other than their entries to these monthly competitions or who feels that nothing else they’ve written is worth entering, they should make such a declaration when posting their entry and write a fictional story of the usual length featuring a central character or object that is “someone, something or some animal that is old”..

A total of 13 entries have been accepted and links to the stories are listed below. They include stories from two writers new to the group and I am pleased to welcome them on behalf of all our other members. Special thanks to them, and to all the other writers who have entered, and thanks in advance to all those readers out there who will now support the competition by reading the stories and registering their vote. This is an open competition, and any interested party who wishes to participate is welcome to join in the voting and/or commenting on the stories at the appropriate time or place.

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As in previous months, it would help if voters would make sure to quote the name of the story when posting their vote rather than the name of the writer, and I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.

Voting can now commence and will continue until 11 p.m. on Monday the 9th of February 2015.

There are no restrictions as to who is allowed to vote, all that is asked that the voter reads all the stories and votes according to their preference. A brief reason for your 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 their own entries .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.

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VOTING IS OPEN TO ALL !!

AFTER READING ALL THE STORIES YOU MAY FEEL INCLINED TO VOTE, IF SO PLEASE REGISTER YOUR VOTE AS A COMMENT BELOW ON THIS POST.

PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT AT LENGTH ABOUT THE STORIES OR RECORD ANY THOUGHTS THAT YOU MAY HAVE ON THEM, UNTIL AFTER VOTING CLOSES.

IF 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.

AS ALWAYS, IF I HAVE MISSED ANY ENTRIES, PLEASE ADVISE IMMEDIATELY.

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LIFE CHANGES. Written by Expatangie.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expatangie/expatangie/71/life-changes-january-short-story-for-creative-writing/

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SERENDIPITY. Written by Fizzeerascal.

https://fizzeerascalstories.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/cwg-the-telegraph-january-2015-entry-serendipity/

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CITY OF DREAMS. Written by Adiguburke.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/city-of-dreams-january-contest/

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MONDAY. Written by Seadams.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/seadams/

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THE TIGER’S STRIPES. Written by Lostinwords.

https://lostinwords2.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/january-2015-competition/

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THE WAR PARTY. Written by Capucin.

https://davidgoodwin935.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/january-cwg-the-war-party/

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ARRIVALS. Written by Giselle.

Arrivals

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MRS BURTON WENT SHOPPING. Written by Charles Stuart.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/furryfeatures/furryfeatures/72/mrs-burton-went-shopping/

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THE PERILS OF PET-KEEPING. Written by Atiller.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/attila/atiller/15998269/entry-for-the-january-2015-creative-writing-competition/

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WORLD’S END. Written by Sophia15.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/sophia15/sophia15/3/creative-writing-january-2015-entry/

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NO GOING BACK. Written by Angie8.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/angie8/angie8/298/no-going-back/

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MY DAD. Written by Gazoopi.

http://my.telegraph.co.uk/gazoopi2/gazoopi/1450/my-dad-cwg-entry-january-2015/

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BEIRUT. Written by Pavlovaqueen.

http://www.pavlovaqueen.com/archives/220

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Pleasant reading everyone, and please don’t forget to vote.

THE VOTING RESULT:

The result of the voting for the January 2015 Creative Writing Competition is as follows …
In FIRST place with a resounding 28 points was PavlovaQueen’s story BEIRUT.
SECOND with 15 points was Seadam’s story MONDAY, and in THIRD place with 11 points was Giselle’s ARRIVAL.
Adjudicator’s note.
1) One vote was posted shortly after the close of voting at II p.m. last night.
Had this materially changed the result it would have been disallowed and would not appear in the list of votes cast ( link below).
In the event, whilst it did serve to place THE TIGER’S STRIPES into joint third place with 11 points, it has been decided to apply Rule 10 to cover all the placings (rather than just for First Place), so ARRIVAL (with the wider spread of votes) retains third place either way.
This decision, being what might be called “Adjudicator’s Perk”, is final.🙂

Congratulations to Pavlova for a nicely structured and multi-faceted tale, and also to both Seadams and Giselle whose respective entries were well up to their regular high standards. And thanks to all those participating, either by entering stories and/or voting.

Here is a full tabulated list of all votes received …