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THIS IS A FREE TO ENTER WRITING COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL GROUP MEMBERS. Newcomers are welcome, and to apply for membership please contact our Facebook Blog on this link …

 The topic for February 2018 has been set by the winner of the 2017 Bumper Winter tcwg competition, ‘Chester B Goode” who chose “Education, School, and Teaching”

Chester added these inspiring thoughts  by Alan Watts …

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”


The length of entries in February 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 28th. of February 2018.*
* Please note the early closing date.
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 February competition will be to set the topic for April 2018 when I am proposing that we will again have a regular month for stories with a word limit between 500 and 3000 words.

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 everyone, and good luck.



35 thoughts on “The February 2018 tcwg Competition. All you need to know to enter a story.

    In view of the inclement weather (and the fact that February 2018 entries are rather thin on the ground), I have called an extraordinary meeting of the Trustees and an executive decision has been taken to extend the closing date for entries until Midnight Friday the 2nd. of March.
    P.s. With a bit of luck that will also give Seadams time to inform us of a topic for March. 🙂

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  2. So much for my NY resolution… just to say, I am going off air for some considerable time – my right shoulder joint has finally overtaken everything else 😰 I’ve been warned my right arm may be out of action for some time to come, so no making up stories and posting them…Doh!
    Sending kindly thoughts to you all, and of course – I SHALL be able to read all of your stories (dearly beloved will have to be trained up in posting votes)
    Fizz x
    Just had a nightmarish thought, do you think they will have Bolli on the ward drinks trolley?

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    1. That’s a rather lame excuse … some people paint with their feet, you know!
      I also saw a young chap on the TV recently who was typing by the movement of his eyes … though in your case it would probably come out as “Bolli, bolli, bolli, bolli, bolli, bolli, bolli, chameleon!” (B(o)y George! That was a funny line) 🙂
      On the question of Bolli on the ward, as you couldn’t lift the glass in any case, your best bet would be to slip the nurse a fiver and get her to fill up a few IV Bags with Bolli and take it on intravenously (but make sure that the bubbles are filtered out).
      So as you will have gathered, you won’t get much sympathy from this quarter … but if you do end up with a plaster I will be happy to post a request for signatures.
      All together now ….

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    2. Oh,Fizz, no!!!!! you out of action? you’ll be a terrible patient, but well practiced in getting rid of the Bolli evidence…….”some time to come” – that sounds serious. Hope they spoil you for all the work you’ve done for THEM over the years…….you should be treated like the star you are. (Remind me to compare my left shoulder which was smashed and put together with 15 big screws all the way down to the elbow……..) I’ll bring the bottles x x x

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      1. PavQ you make me giggle – how astute of you, for I WILL be a terrible patient- trying to leg it out of bed and get back home – before the op on Thursday this week 😬
        I had no idea your left shoulder has suffered so. We must swap tales over a few gins sometime eh
        Fizz xx

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    3. Ach, Fizz.
      Just when I come back you drop out.
      I have huge sympathy with shoulder problems. Mine was relatively minor last year
      and ended with simple cortizone injections, but can make life hell, especially at night.
      I wish you a speedy recovery and will miss your entries. Hurry up and get back to us.
      Gaz xx

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      1. Hi Gaz, thank your for your kindly thoughts – so you too with a poorly shoulder! .. you are absolutely right, having no sleep is hellish. The injection I had, only lasted two weeks – so dammit, I have no option but to keep my date with the orthopod 🙄
        Fizz xx

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      1. Thank you Fizz. Don’t start till a week on Monday but might have a client or two already – though I’d really like to go to France and write. Hope the operation goes well – best of luck.
        Come back writing soo as – as you will all know find your stories a hoot.

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    4. So sorry to hear about your difficulties, Fizz. And sorry to be so late in my sympathies. It seems I dozed off and when I woke up it was the end of the month. I can imagine how frustrating it must be to be incapacitated in such a way and hope you will be back in writing order soon.


      1. Hi AmericanMum, please – no apologies for ‘delay’ in responding to my bleats x
        I arrived in Taunton this morn, seconds after leaving the motorway- to receive a call cancelling my op due to poor weather conditions. Staff were unable to report for duty, so although consultant at the ready, it was a no go. Needless to say, I am shredded – nil by mouth, not slept etc etc. Left hand developing a mouse control ability… so who knows… maybe a contribution next month after all!
        Fizz xx

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