Sunday 18 October 2015

November Short Fiction Contest

"SteampunkProp(byMollyPorkshanksFriedrich)" by Mark Harding
Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

I decided to continue last month's theme and avoid an obviously horror image (although horror stories based on this months image are still welcome!) and looked for something a bit steampunk. I found this enigmatic image of a device and immediately saw the potential for stories based on whatever purpose the device has. So what do you think the device does?

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 December1st 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 November 22nd 2015.
  • By submitting the story you grant me a non-exclusive license to post the story on this blog. I do request 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. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that attract others, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.

  2. Great blog (and I've just submitted my entry too...)

  3. great blog. Hope you got my submission I R

  4. Just submitted my entry :)


  5. I'm hoping you got my story, Michael. I tried to copy and paste it to my files but I think I messed it up. Let me know you got it, if you would please. Thank you. Hope your Saturday's going well.

  6. I submitted. Hope you like it.

  7. Entry 2 of 12 - Hope I'm not too late. Can't wait for the next one, and thanks for the opportunity Michael!

  8. Just submitted a quick something. Hope I'm not too late on this. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try my hand at writing something again!
    - Jaime

  9. Mr. Brookes,

    I've submitted my story for this month's contest.

    Thanks for reviewing my work.

  10. So do you think the winners will be announced Monday, the 30th?