Patron: Stephen Torre BA PhD Qld
Adjunct Professor, College of Arts, Society and Education
Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute
James Cook University, Cairns QLD 4870 AUSTRALIA

Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia

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“Books are the ultimate Dumpees:
put them down and they’ll wait for you forever;
pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines.

Go to our Tiny Shorts competition.

Welcome to the Tropical Writers Inc web site
For those who are members of Tropical Writers, our website is set up not only to assist you as a writer or reader, but to stimulate your interest. Using the site will keep you up to date with our activities and plans for the future, so please use it; send in your stories to ’Short'n'Sweet’ and read what other members are writing.

To anyone who wishes to join Tropical Writers, or just gain contacts and information, if you do not find what you need on the site, please contact us via the About Us page - we are here to assist.

Best of writing.

Submission of Articles to this site
The Short'n'Sweet section of this website has been created to display the short stories and poems of tropical writers. It can be accessed by clicking the "Short'n'Sweet" button at the top of this page. Articles can be searched by author or category. By default, they display in descending order of submission time - that is, the latest displays at the top. If you have an article or poem that you would like to submit for inclusion on the site, please forward it via email, as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment, to the Tropical Writers WebMaster.

The author retains the copyright/ownership rights to the submission but grants to Tropical Writers Inc (TWI) the non-exclusive right of publication of the submission on its website.

Please note that this is a site that is open to public readership and, as such, can not preclude the reading of its content by children. Consequently, TWI can not guarantee the publication of any submission that does not, in the opinion of TWI, suit that environment. TWI will be the sole arbiter of the suitability of any submission for publication. Subject to these conditions, TWI welcomes all contributions by tropical writers.

Tiny Shorts Competition
Details of the competition...
A topic for the next month's entries is announced at the group meeting each month.

Those members wishing to submit an entry should do so through an email to the Webmaster, who will forward same to the adjudicator. The story should not contain any means of identifying the author. The Webmaster will keep suitable records to match each story to its author, but the adjudicator will not have access to these records. This should ensure reasonable anonymity for each judging.

The adjudicator will decide on the best story for each specific month. That story will be read at the next group meeting and its writer will be awarded a prize of a $20 gift voucher, contributed by Kerstin Brown of Collins Booksellers at Smithfield.

The first competition started in February 2016 and ran to July 2016.

With regard to each entry...
It must be less than or equal to 500 words in length.
It can be a serious or humourous story, can be prose or poetry, but must be on topic for that month.
The adjudicator's decisions are final and any discussions on same will not be entered into.
The author should endeavour to submit his/her entry during the first two weeks of the month, in order to give the adjudicator sufficient time to fairly judge the entries. Each month's final deadline will be midnight of the Sunday night before the group's monthly meeting. Any entries arriving after then will not be accepted.

Entries will be accepted from financial Tropical Writers members only.

Professor Stephen Torre has agreed to judge the entries. The Tropical Writers Committee is grateful for his gracious offer. The Committee would also like to thank Kerstin Brown of Collins Books at Smithfield for her kind contributions to the competition.

Topics are as follows...
February - A gun is so useful, but a knife is personal. (now closed). Winner Jan Lahney
March - Stranded, alone and frightened. (now closed). Winner Ken Cotterill
April - The Legend of the Keeper. (now closed). Winner Moona Perrotin
May - Emma and the Bagman. (now closed). Winner Hazel Menehira
June - The elephant and the zookeeper - a love story (now closed). Winner Hazel Menehira
July - The Phoenix has risen (now closed). Winner Stewart Howard
Grand Prize - The Phoenix has risen (now closed). Winner Stewart Howard

September - From the jaws of defeat (now closed). Winner Jennifer Marsden
October - The creaking of a floorboard in the night (now closed). Winner Lenka Wagner
November - The price of love at Christmas (now closed). Winner Phillip Dowsett.
January 2017 - The New Year – Death of the old, Birth of the new (now closed) Winner Paul Filippini
February 2017 - The fragility of loyalty (now closed) Winner Elizabeth Martin
March 2017 - A Silhouette in the Rain
See all stories for completed months.

Any questions in reference to the competition should be addressed to the Webmaster at

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