Inspired by a Picture - Cold, Wet, and Muddy: Challenge Results

The results of the current "Inspired by a Picture" story challenge are here. We're displaying them all, so it's quite a large page. The stories are different and the styles are different. This page lets the authors see and understand how their story affected a readership where another author's story might not have. So this is a positive feedback they are all getting

Best of all, it acts as an encouragement to write more.

Individual story ratings

This is what we have always done. It lets the author see how well they met the brief, according to their readership. There can be very little vanity here! The answers are here, warts 'n all!

For your convenience the stories are linked from the head of each results poll

Full entrants

The full entrants were all submitted before the closing date of the challenge

Aufgestellter Mausdrek

Please rate Aufgestellter Mausdrek with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [56 votes total]

Romantic (49)  87%
Erotic (21)  37%
Sweet (50)  89%
Gentle (47)  83%
Surprising (12)  21%
Realistic (35)  62%
Inspiring (28)  50%
An emotional read (31)  55%
Written with rhythm and pace (40)  71%
Thought provoking (26)  46%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (42)  75%
Technically well written (47)  83%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (43)  76%
Easy to read (49)  87%
It invited me in (44)  78%
I could not put it down (19)  33%
Cheering (made me happy) (32)  57%
Uplifting (37)  66%
I identified with at least one of the characters (23)  41%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (6)  10%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (3)  5%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (5)  8%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (1)  1%
Interpreted the picture well (50)  89%

Bath Oliver

Please rate Bath Oliver with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [60 votes total]

Romantic (29)  48%
Erotic (37)  61%
Sweet (41)  68%
Gentle (44)  73%
Surprising (7)  11%
Realistic (43)  71%
Inspiring (11)  18%
An emotional read (16)  26%
Written with rhythm and pace (36)  60%
Thought provoking (22)  36%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (42)  70%
Technically well written (50)  83%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (43)  71%
Easy to read (52)  86%
It invited me in (34)  56%
I could not put it down (12)  20%
Cheering (made me happy) (16)  26%
Uplifting (17)  28%
I identified with at least one of the characters (18)  30%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (8)  13%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (1)  1%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (2)  3%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (2)  3%
Interpreted the picture well (46)  76%

The Go-Between

Please rate The Go-Between with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [44 votes total]

Romantic (35)  79%
Erotic (29)  65%
Sweet (34)  77%
Gentle (32)  72%
Surprising (19)  43%
Realistic (26)  59%
Inspiring (22)  50%
An emotional read (19)  43%
Written with rhythm and pace (26)  59%
Thought provoking (23)  52%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (34)  77%
Technically well written (33)  75%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (31)  70%
Easy to read (34)  77%
It invited me in (30)  68%
I could not put it down (9)  20%
Cheering (made me happy) (11)  25%
Uplifting (22)  50%
I identified with at least one of the characters (15)  34%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (4)  9%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (4)  9%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (5)  11%
Interpreted the picture well (19)  43%

Soggy Soccer

Please rate Soggy Soccer with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [53 votes total]

Romantic (16)  30%
Erotic (17)  32%
Sweet (44)  83%
Gentle (40)  75%
Surprising (5)  9%
Realistic (39)  73%
Inspiring (11)  20%
An emotional read (9)  16%
Written with rhythm and pace (37)  69%
Thought provoking (17)  32%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (39)  73%
Technically well written (38)  71%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (31)  58%
Easy to read (45)  84%
It invited me in (36)  67%
I could not put it down (10)  18%
Cheering (made me happy) (18)  33%
Uplifting (21)  39%
I identified with at least one of the characters (13)  24%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (2)  3%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (2)  3%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (1)  1%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (5)  9%
Interpreted the picture well (37)  69%

Josh

Please rate Josh with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [54 votes total]

Romantic (39)  72%
Erotic (25)  46%
Sweet (42)  77%
Gentle (35)  64%
Surprising (9)  16%
Realistic (31)  57%
Inspiring (16)  29%
An emotional read (21)  38%
Written with rhythm and pace (33)  61%
Thought provoking (20)  37%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (27)  50%
Technically well written (17)  31%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (17)  31%
Easy to read (46)  85%
It invited me in (33)  61%
I could not put it down (13)  24%
Cheering (made me happy) (15)  27%
Uplifting (28)  51%
I identified with at least one of the characters (11)  20%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (2)  3%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (0)  0%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (1)  1%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (23)  42%
Interpreted the picture well (32)  59%

Grant and Marty

Please rate Grant and Marty with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [47 votes total]

Romantic (30)  63%
Erotic (27)  57%
Sweet (21)  44%
Gentle (20)  42%
Surprising (15)  31%
Realistic (27)  57%
Inspiring (15)  31%
An emotional read (7)  14%
Written with rhythm and pace (29)  61%
Thought provoking (22)  46%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (31)  65%
Technically well written (31)  65%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (29)  61%
Easy to read (39)  82%
It invited me in (29)  61%
I could not put it down (11)  23%
Cheering (made me happy) (14)  29%
Uplifting (19)  40%
I identified with at least one of the characters (15)  31%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (4)  8%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (0)  0%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (0)  0%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (3)  6%
Interpreted the picture well (16)  34%

The Game of All Games

Please rate The Game of All Games with the impressions it left you with
Either while reading this story, or afterwards, I found it to be/had/made me (Tick all that apply) [53 votes total]

Romantic (48)  90%
Erotic (36)  67%
Sweet (45)  84%
Gentle (39)  73%
Surprising (30)  56%
Realistic (41)  77%
Inspiring (23)  43%
An emotional read (27)  50%
Written with rhythm and pace (40)  75%
Thought provoking (25)  47%
Well laid out (paragraphs etc) (46)  86%
Technically well written (44)  83%
Written with good use of grammar and syntax (this does not mean pedantic use) (40)  75%
Easy to read (45)  84%
It invited me in (43)  81%
I could not put it down (29)  54%
Cheering (made me happy) (35)  66%
Uplifting (29)  54%
I identified with at least one of the characters (28)  52%
It felt like it was about me. I know it wasn't, but it felt like it (16)  30%
The plot was tough to read. (a tough [good] experience, not hard to read) (0)  0%
Not just prose, but almost a 'tone poem' (1)  1%
There could be spelling/grammar/punctuation improvements (2)  3%
Interpreted the picture well (46)  86%

Overall rating

This section does not incorporate the late entrants. Only the stories which arrived before the closing time compete for overall honours

Which story interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [47 votes total]

Aufgestellter Mausdrek (27)  57%
Bath Oliver (15)  31%
The Go-Between (6)  12%
Soggy Soccer (11)  23%
Josh (3)  6%
Grant and Marty (5)  10%
The Game of All Games (27)  57%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [44 votes total]

Aufgestellter Mausdrek (24)  54%
Bath Oliver (19)  43%
The Go-Between (14)  31%
Soggy Soccer (14)  31%
Josh (8)  18%
Grant and Marty (9)  20%
The Game of All Games (27)  61%

Yes, we're aware there is a "Donkey Vote" when things are presented to be rated in a fixed order, but this is for fun.

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The inspiration

This picture was used to inspire the challenge:

2016 Story from a Picture Challenge - Cold, Wet, and Muddy