Sunday 22 March 2015

April Short Fiction Contest

Creepy dolls are a bit of a common theme for the monthly short fiction contest, and when I saw this image I couldn't resist! It's certainly an intriguing figure.

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
  • Third 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 May 1st 2015.

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 April 19th 2015.
  • 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 judge's 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!

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


  1. It's been a while, so it's good to be back. Thanks for running the competition.


  2. Submitted.
    This competition has taught me the value of editing. I'm learning to say more in fewer words. Thanks a lot for that :)

  3. I nearly didn't make this months comp. Thanks again for running this Michael.

  4. I love, love, love, this competition. I didn't think I was going to have anything for this month, but an idea suddenly hit me the other day. Whether it wins or not, it's always so much fun coming up with an idea and then writing a quick short story. Thanks, Michael!

  5. Submitted my entry!!

    BTW, thanks so much for running this competition. Winning became irrelevant fast after I started writing! I really needed this prompt.

  6. Just submitted my story. It's a bit different and very semi autobiographical... hope you enjoy.


  7. Submitted :)