Sunday 19 October 2014

November Short Fiction Contest

Image Credit - The Tower of Babel by the Belgian artist Paul Gosselin
Welcome to November's Short Fiction Contest here on The Cult of Me blog. With SUn Dragon about to be released I was tempted to go for a science fiction them. Until I discovered this very interesting image of the Tower of Babel. I'm sure there are many fascinating stories that can be inspired by this picture.

As always the stories can be of any genre. They just have to be inspired by this month's image and no more than 500 words.

Entry to the contest remains free and there are prizes for the three winners. I will also feature any of the stories that don't win but I believe are worth showcasing on this blog.
  • First prize is a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
  • Second prize is a £20 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
  • Thirds prize is a £10 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize
The money for the prizes come out of my own pocket, although I do make a little from advertising on this blog. So if you see something of interest then feel free to click on the links and purchase away! If you haven't tried my books yet then check them out at the top of the page, as well as buying a good read you'll be helping this contest.

Please make sure to check your story for typos before submitting. I don't mind a few errors, but my enjoyment of a story is diminished if I have to wade through too many.

I'll post the winning entries by December 1st 2014.

As with everything in life there are a few rules:

  • Only one entry per person.
  • The story must not be longer than 500 words.
  • Closing date for submissions is November 23rd 2014.
  • By submitting the story you grant me a non-exclusive license to post the story on this blog. I do ask that I post it here first.
  • You also grant me a one time non-exclusive license to include the story in an e-book release.
  • The judges decision is final.

Use the form below to enter your submission. After you've submitted please leave a comment on this page stating that you have submitted. And please help spread the word. Great stories deserve great readers!

As well as comments section below you can chat about this competition in any of the threads I've listed below. If you don't know the sites then entering the competition is a good way to introduce yourself. Note that these sites are not affiliated with the competition in any way!


Goodreads (UK Amazon kindle Forum group):


If you've started you're own thread or discussion somewhere about this month's competition then let me know and I'll add the link to this page.


  1. tough one ... let me mull it over and think on it :-)

  2. Hi Michael, had some time to take a stab at the competition for the first time in a while so my entry should be winging its way to you as we speak. I actually found this incredibly difficult to get into 500 words - I had to cut a decent-sized section from the start of the story (very tough!). However, I hope the spirit of the tale has survived - I'm fairly happy with it now, I think. Best of luck, everyone. :-)

  3. Nav is right; that WAS tough! Thought I'd have a go at it anyway. Submitted.

  4. Just sent my story. Difficult subject this one!

  5. Just found your blog. What fun! I've entered! :)

  6. A friend told me about your contest. Inspiring image! I've submitted a story.

  7. Just submitted, thanks!

    Sarah Bird

  8. I enjoyed this one, but left it to the last minute, literally