All tcwg site members (and any other interested parties) are invited to read and enjoy the stories entered in the January 2018 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 January 2018 Creative Writing Competition passed at Midnight on the 31st of January 2018.

 The topic for January was set by the winner of the October 2017 competition, ‘Araminta’, who chose “Hatches, Matches, and Despatches’.

To paraphrase Araminta’s thoughts on the topic, she commented … 

 ‘What about “Hatches, Matches, and Dispatches”? You may choose one or all of them … and in the sense that one usually leads to the others, then I’m sure that one can focus on one and also perhaps, include the others.’

10 entries have been accepted and links to the stories are set out below. 
Sincere thanks are due to all those who have posted entries, and it was pleasing to see entries from previously active members who, for one reason or another, have not been able to compete regularly of late. Also, a big thank-you in advance to all those group members and/or followers who I hope will now support the competition by reading the stories and registering their vote in the form of a comment below.

As in previous months, when recording their vote 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 Friday the 9th. of February 2018.

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.
Voters are requested to vote 5 points for first place, 3 points for second, and 1 point for third place. Votes should be registered in the reply box below.
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, and 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).


Wilbur. Written by Colmore.                              https://colmore54.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/wilbur/


Ellie. Written by AmericanMum.                                                https://americanmumsite.wordpress.com/january-2018-entry/


Love that is passed on. Written by Expatangie.                                        http://angiefiction.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/love-that-is-passed-on.html


New Beginnings. Written by Expatangie.                      http://angiefiction.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-beginnings.html


Love Charm. Written by Seadams.            https://seadamsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/love-charm/


A Bit of a Week for George. Written by Fizzeerascal. https://fizzeerascalstories.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/january-2018-tcwg-entry/


The Last Haddock. Written by Danthemann. https://tcwgshortstories.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/the-last-haddock/


And so we did. Written by Araminta. https://detectivemouse.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/and-so-we-did/


Coming and Going. Written by Gazoopi.                                                                    http://gazoopi.com/?p=205


Many a slip twixt …  Written by Bleda.                                    https://bleda22.wordpress.com/many-a-slip-twixt-but-omnino-non-meus-mendum/


Pleasant reading everyone, and please do not forget to vote.






42 thoughts on “The January 2018 tcwg Competition. Where to find the links to the stories plus full voting instructions

  1. The provisional result of the January 2018 tcwg competition is as follows

    In clear First Place with 35 points (all of them 5 point awards), is Love Charm. Written by Seadams.
    In Second Place with 17 points (and a welcome back) is Coming and Going. Written by Gazoopi.
    And in Third Place with 12 points is Many a slip twixt … Written by Bleda.

    Congratulations to our top three and particularly to Seadams who won with a blanket 5 points from seven voters (63% of all voters), a remarkable result.
    Thanks are also due to all entrants for their efforts and to all those who took the trouble to read the stories and register a vote.
    As has now become the norm, AmericanMum will confirm these results shortly, and we thank her for her assistance in collating and posting a detailed list of all votes cast.
    Goodnight to you all.

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  2. Hi all, my votes as follows:

    5 points – Love Charm. Written by Seadams.
    3 points – Ellie. Written by AmericanMum.
    1 point – Many a slip twixt … Written by Bleda.


  3. Before I give out my scores, it is necessary to mention that I have a scoring system. The only way I can find to select the top three is through a system which evaluates five different criteria out of 10, therefore giving a perfect score of 50.
    In the past this has served me well in deciding the top three stories. Not this month. I have one outstanding story from Seadams, scoring 38 and 4 scoring 36, 2 scoring 35.
    This makes for a very hard decision.
    So after much thought my decision is as follows:
    1st Seadams – Love Charm – 5 Points
    2nd Araminta – And So We Did – 3 Points
    3rd Dizzy Fizzy – A Bit Of A Week For George
    My votes are coming in at the eleventh hour as Bettina has broken her arm, while out running and it is a very difficult time. I am sure that I have your sympathy as I have to do the cooking, washing, cleaning, ironing (well actually not true as her right arm is broken and she can iron with the left…hehe).
    She has my sympathy of course . having to cope with my cooking.
    I can’t tell you how good it is to be back writing.
    Gaz xx
    P.S. Thanks everyone for a great set of stories.


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