arts a tart 22

All tcwg site members (and any other interested parties) are invited to read and enjoy the stories entered in the JUNE 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 JUNE 2019 Creative Writing Competition passed at Midnight on the 30tht of JUNE 2019.
The topic for JUNE 2019 was set by the winner of the April 2019 competition, Seadams, and was ART’S A TART’.
A cracking 13 stories were entered and accepted for inclusion (with special thanks to Billyfoster for his hat-trick of tales and a ‘welcome back’ to Charles ‘Furryfeatures’ Stuart), and all our writers are to be congratulated for handling a tricky topic with such aplomb.*  
*And a topic which one writer (sic) in particular found was akin to successfully eating blancmange with only one chopstick and a crepe paper table napkin, but he’s always been a messy eater so no change there then.  🙂

As in previous months, when recording a vote it will help if voters quote the name of the story when posting.
Voting can now commence and will continue until 11 p.m. on Tuesday the 9th of July 2019. 
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. 
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. 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 may wish 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).

A TARTE ON THE PONT des ARTS. Written by Colmore.


PERFECT CIRCLE. Written by BillyFoster.(1)


ALL TOMORROWS PASTRIES. Written by BillyFoster. (2)


THE GIRL WITH THE STRAWBERRY TART. Written by BillyFoster. (3)




KNIGHTSBRIDGE, 1967. Written by Giselle.


THE SMILE. Written by Capucin.


IRMTRAUT’S ARTFUL TARTS. Written by SageFaber.


PAS DE DEUX. Written by Araminta.


CULINARY ARTS. Written by AmericanMum.


ART’S A TART. Written by Charles Stuart.


RECIPE FOR DISASTER. Written by Seadams.




Pleasant reading everyone, and please remember to vote.

44 thoughts on “How to take part in the voting for the top three stories in the June 2019 tcwg competition.

  1. The top three places in our tcwg June 2019 competition ‘Art’s a Tart’ have been taken by three stories heavy on art and light on tarts save for one last minute child’s jam confection. 🙂
    In First place with 20 points is PAS DE DEUX. Written by Araminta.
    In Second place with 16 points is WORDS THAT CAN CAUSE WOUNDS. Written by ExpatAngie.
    And Third with 13 points is THE SMILE. Written by Capucin.
    Congratulations to our top three and a ‘Well done’ to our other competitors for a fine collection of stories when faced with a tricky challenge.
    Thank you to all who took the trouble to read the stories and register a vote, and to AmericanMum who rose above the leaked comments of ‘our man in Washington’ by being neither inept, incompetent, or insecure, and once again diligently collated our votes with her customary efficiency. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Congratulations to Araminta on her First Place win! 👑👍👏
      Applause to ExpatAngie for Second Place! 👏
      Cheers to Capucin for Third Place 😃 (Yay!)

      Honorable Mention to Atiller was for his funny and entertaining story about why he couldn’t write a story with Seadams’ “Art’s A Tart” theme. I think Atiller should have taken a cue from his brother and his grand-nephew in looking at the art they’ve produced in photos on several occasions, most notably their cover art for a TCWG anthology. 😄

      Thank you to the writers and voters who made this contest enjoyable by giving their time in participation of it. Goodonya!


      1. Thank you for your kind words about my rather lame cop-out ‘story’, Sage, but I’m sure that Bleeder would be the first to acknowledge that although he did some preparatory work in the initial stages of the publication of the anthologies, the cover designs should be credited to either Archie tp or BillyFoster who were individually responsible for the cover artwork in their respective ‘publication years’.
        In one case (2015) the photographs were kindly donated by a good friend of the group, Sabina Ahmed, and were selected from her personal and private family album.

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        1. Dear atiller16, you’re too modest! Your story was…well…critiques coming up. 👍

          As for the cover designs, kudos are directed to where they belong, to Archie tp, BillyFoster, Sabina Ahmed, and to your grandson for posing in the hat, wig, vest and t-shirt for the cover photo of an anthology I can’t get my hands on right now (it’s packed in a moving box).

          Glad to be writing again. I’ve been away from the good ship, TCWG, for way too long!

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    2. Bravo, Araminta, Expatangie and Capucin!
      Great to have so many smashing stories to read this month – there’s definitely something to be said for the shorter word limit: it seems to bring forth more and multiple entries. Honestly loved everyone’s arty-tarty story.


  2. Oh help, this voting lark doesn’t get any easier. They really were a cracking bunch of stories.

    So after much dithering I’ve come to a decision :

    5 points A tarte on the Pont des Arts, by Colmore
    3 points The girl with the strawberry tart, by BillyFoster
    1 point Irmtraut’s Artful Tarts, by SageFaber

    Another HM to Atiller whose story I thoroughly enjoyed, and to all of you for some very enjoyable and amusing reading.

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