ALL MyT SITE MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO READ AND ENJOY THE STORIES ENTERED IN THE OCTOBER 2015 CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION AND THEN, IF THEY SO WISH, VOTE FOR THE TOP THREE PLACINGS.

JUST FOLLOW THE LINKS TO THE STORIES LISTED BELOW TO FIND THEM ON-SITE.

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The deadline for entries into the OCTOBER 2015 Creative Writing Competition passed at Midnight last night.

The topic for the stories was set by ”Danthemann” who chose the topic “FAIRS AND CIRCUSES”.

Dan wrote as follows …

“It’s that time of year, after all. It has briefly crossed my mind in the past that there is something quite magical about circuses that have seen them feature a lot in great literature. Having grown up mostly in the 90s I was personally too late for this golden age of the circus but do fondly remember many chilly autumn nights enjoying hastily assembled rides, spinning around neon lights, chewing candy floss and winning goldfish. So I propose that both fairs and circuses as a topic!”

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Thank you to all the writers who have entered a story, and thanks in advance to all those readers on the MyT site 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.

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.

Voting can now commence and will continue until 11 p.m. on Tuesday the 10th. of November 2015.

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 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 any of 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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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.

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A TOTAL OF 14 ENTRIES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND HERE ARE THE LINKS TO ENABLE YOU TO FIND THEM …

THE CIRCLE OF TRUST. Written by Expatangie.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expatangie/expatangie/153/the-circle-of-trust-creative-writing-entry/

THE CARNIVAL. Written by Americanmum.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/americanmum/americanmum/187/october-entry/

HARRY AND THE FERRIS WHEEL. Written by Peter Barnett.
Harry And The Ferris Wheel

THE OUTING. Written by Fizzeerascal.
https://fizzeerascalstories.wordpress.com/

A NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS. Written by Colmore.
https://colmore1954.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/a-night-at-the-circus/

STONEHENGE REVISITED. Written by Capucin.
https://davidgoodwin935.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/stonehenge-revisited/

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION. Written by Lostinwords.
https://lostinwords2.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/october-2015-competition/

JAZZ McCOOL : TEEN DETECTIVE. Written by Chester_Goode.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/dodgecity/chester_goode/11814/jazz-mccool-teen-detective-oct-cwg/

THE PLASTIC PERSON. Written by Charlotte.
http://twobookaddicts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/the-plastic-person-charlottes-october.html

CIRCUS. Written by Seadams.
http://wp.me/P7AZL0-g

THE FAIR. Written by TurkishJenny.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/turkishjenny/turkishjenny/61/the-fair-2/

FORWARD TO THE PAST. Written by Fullofwords.

Forward To The Past

KOLYA THE BEAR. Written by Danthemann.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/groups/creative-writing/forum/topic/october-cw-comp-entry-kolya-the-bear/

THE HALL OF MIRRORS. Written by Charles Stuart.
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/furryfeatures/furryfeatures/95/the-hall-of-mirrors/

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THE RESULT:

First with 32 points and fresh back to the competition is ‘CIRCUS’. Written by Seadams.
In second place with 22 points is ‘THE FAIR’. Written by TurkishJenny.
And in equal third place with 16 points each … ‘STONEHENGE REVISITED’. Written by Capucin.’ and ‘KOLYA THE BEAR. Written by Danthemann.

Congratulations to Seadams and the runners up, and thanks to all for another grand month.

 

Critiques from Pavlovaqueen:

I dreaded the topic of circuses – especially the elephants, the most loyal of all species who will get back into a crocodile infested river en masse if one of their kind is in distress. So it was with a heavy heart I started, the remedy of which can only be…..

Fizz! – The Outing
It’s always FUN, even when it isn’t. Barnaby Slack (is his son called Wannabee?) Ethel! my grandma was one and I’ve never since heard the name? All your names (Ditsy-Do the race horse) even make you laugh but the Goforeitt instant money lending cubicle at Ascot and the “adorned thief”. Nobody can touch you for entertainment value, divine as always.

capucin – Stonehenge Revisited
My heart soared when I read this. Immediately I was back reading the Cornish trilogy (Robertson Davies) in the 1990’s. It had SUCH overtones of place (Oxford, sorry – not the other one, capu) and the writing was sublime, the characters too, it reeked of academia. It’s the first time for ages you’ve been a landlubber but you do it excellently well….I greatly appreciated your circus was not the stereotypical one, I was girding up my loins to write about an astrological chart which is also a circle, but……didn’t have time. First rate.

Circus – seadams
Unbearable to read about elephants – I forced myself. Writing of the highest order, and as deeply felt by the reader, as the writer. Thrilled you’re back, seadams.

Kolya – danthemann
Madly good. The rhino’s heavy breathing, only 4 people liked him winning 30,000 dinars at poker and especially the 60 hits his girlfriend had on Facebook when having to choose between two pairs of shoes. This was marvellous dan, you’ve stepped up. Amazing, authentic characters skilfully sketched, great dialogue.

angie – Circle of Trust
Your writing has something hidden under the niceness this time. The grandmother sold Oksana – how does someone ever get past that and ‘land on their feet’ happily? I just had it running in my head for days that if your own flesh and blood let you down, could a happy ending really be possible?

Americanmum – Carnival
Quietly powerful, understated. Jimmy’s absent mother loomed large and he was left without a focus, had nothing to stay for. This to me (like most things you write) sounds totally, utterly authentic. You’re good, Mum.

Harry & The Ferris Wheel – Peter
This was a bit of a navel gazer for me and I would have to congratulate the barber for not going for his jugular (by accident of course!). Perhaps this shows up the difference between men and women most keenly, as all women know hairdressers ADORE clients who….don’t speak!

Colmore- A Night at the Circus
The story was strong, original, but the voice is….too timid? no completely “there”. The circus scene is beautifully done but when he returns to the awful reality…he offers to put the heating on? There is no emotion and surely a policeman would not answer Jim’s question about the time it happened as “Why do you ask?”. This could be a stunner if you really show his emotions starting when he’s lying awake at the beginning “Why don’t they love me? ” Why do they leave me alone?” etc.

As usual, remember that there is no such thing as truth, only points of view!!! back later with more when there is time. Very well done with some thought provoking, deeper than average entries.