All tcwg site members (and any other interested parties) are invited to read and enjoy the stories entered in the April 2019 creative writing competition.
If, having read all the stories, you would like to register your vote for the winner and placings 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 April 2019 Creative Writing Competition passed at Midnight on the 31st. of April 2019.
The topic for April was set by ExpatAngie (who was generously nominated by Capucin, the winner of the February 2019 competition.
ExpatAngie Angie chose for her subject “Quality over Quantity”, which was interpreted to mean …
” Any story where the merits of quality relative to quantity are explored or exposed, whether (for instance) in respect to goods, relationships, or natural phenomenon.”
A slightly disappointing  8 stories were entered (though we are approaching the Spring Cleaning and Planting season), and all have been accepted for inclusion.

As in previous months, when recording votes it will help if voters will make sure to quote the name of the story when posting.
Voting can now commence and will continue until 11 p.m. on  Wednesday the 8th. of May 2019 when the result will be announced on our Bleda’s Bar and Rest-rooms facebook page. ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/613515532150938/ )
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.
The voting will be for the first three stories … 5 points for first place, 3 points for second place. and 1 point for third place, and please do not submit any point combinations other than 5. 3. and 1.
Votes should be registered in the reply box below.
Writers are requested not to vote for any of their own entries, and all 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. Voters who would like to describe in detail the reasons for their choices, or comment at length about some or all of the individual stories, will be given the opportunity to comment on a separate page that will be set up at the end of the voting period and after the result has been posted.

Here are the links to all the stories. (If I have inadvertently missed any entries, or if anyone has difficulty with the links, please advise).

UP THE JUNCTION. Written by Billy Foster.




IT IS WHAT IT IS. Written by Araminta.


THE CHIP SHOP MAN. Written by Capucin.


WHO NEEDS FRIENDS? Written by Gazoopi.


A TALE OF TWO LIFESTYLES. Written by Giselle.


FLINTY’S MASTER PLAN. Written by Atiller.




Pleasant reading everyone, and please do remember to register your vote below.

34 thoughts on “The April 2019 tcwg competition. Where to find the entries and how to register your vote.

  1. Thank you very much again for letting me choose the April topic. I enjoyed reading all the stories and as always find ir very difficult to choose
    Here are my votes

    Up the junction by Billyfoster

    Who needs friends by Gazoopi

    Finty’s Master Plan by Atiller

    Hms to Giselle, Araminta, Seadams, Capucin


  2. each story I was ooo that’s my fav, next one oooo that’s my fav….. soooo good,
    5 points -A TALE OF TWO LIFESTYLES – Giselle
    3 points -IT IS WHAT IT IS – Araminta
    1 point -WHO NEEDS FRIENDS – Gazoopi

    and well done to everyone else, cracking

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  3. The sum of the April entries encapsulated the chosen topic … high on quality and low on quantity.
    Selecting my first and second placings was the easy part, the third place more difficult as there were three very close contenders.
    The really difficult part was trying to understand why there seemed to be such a sombre thread running through almost every story … this is in no way a criticism, more an observation.
    But here goes …

    5 Points … HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE. Written by Seadams.
    3 Points … A TALE OF TWO LIFESTYLES. Written by Giselle.
    1 Point … UP THE JUNCTION. Written by Billy Foster.

    And HM’s for the ‘photo finish’ would be one pointers … Who needs friends (when) It is what it is. 🙂

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      1. All eight entries were enjoyable reads as each tackled the “Quality Over Quantity” assignment in interesting and different ways. Thank you to everyone who entered!
        Have Nothing In Your House by Seadams – 5 points
        A Tale of Two Lifestyles by Giselle – 3 points
        Flinty’s Master Plan by Atiller – 1 point

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  4. Not easy at all but after a great deal of re-reading and faffing around here are the winners this month:

    5 points – HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE. Written by Seadams.

    3 points – UP THE JUNCTION. Written by Billy Foster.

    1 point – THE CHIP SHOP MAN. Written by Capucin.

    Frankly they all deserved points so well done all.

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  5. A tricky topic, this one. Perhaps the theme invites sombreness, for after all, choosing quality over quantity requires something to be given up, often permanently? In any case we produced a wide variety of themes and I very much enjoyed reading all the entries.

    My votes for this month:

    5 points: FLINTY’S MASTER PLAN. Written by Atiller.
    3 points: HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE. Written by Seadams.
    1 point: THE CHIP SHOP MAN. Written by Capucin.

    G X

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  6. Thanks to all for stories and points!
    My vote:
    5 points – Flinty’s Master Plan by Atiller
    3 points – A Tale of Two Lifestyles by Giselle
    1 point – Who Needs Friends? by Gazoopi

    HM to expatangie

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  7. The provisional result of the April 2019 competition is s follows …
    In First place with a total of 26 points is HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE. Written by Seadams.
    And in Second place on a total of 20 points is A TALE OF TWO LIFESTYLES. Written by Giselle.
    Finally, Third place goes to UP THE JUNCTION. Written by Billy Foster with total of 14 points.
    Congratulations to Seadams and Giselle, two of our regular shining stars, and also to Billy who has followed up last months win with another placing in only his second month back in the fold.
    Thanks are due to all our contestants for their support and to everyone who participated in the voting, along with a special thankyou to AmericanMum for once again collating the votes and in anticipation of seeing her spreadsheet posted on the morrow.
    Goodnight and sweet dreams to you all .


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