Sunday 20 March 2016

April Short Fiction Contest

By Phil Champion, CC BY-SA 2.0
For April's Short Fiction Contest I've decided to go with a more light hearted image - that's not to say that terrible things can't happen if you ignore the sign!

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 2016.

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 24th 2016.
  • 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. I've gone for it - what's the worst that could happen, and all that ;)

  2. A fun one submitted. Thanks Michael.

  3. Missed March's deadline for this prompt. So, I'll see what I can do with next month's. An interesting choice. Think I might be able to come up with a possibility or

  4. Submission made. I was torn between two pieces, hopefully chose the better one (still not sure which I like more!).

  5. Submitted a story for April - pretty cool picture! :-)

  6. Submitted one for the Little Folks. I Hope you enjoy it.

  7. Thank you, just submitted 'A Sinister Nature' .. I hope you like the surprise ending.. Helen Mihajlovic

  8. I've submitted a story, I hope you enjoy it :)

  9. I've submitted my short-A Bump In The Road-thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Story submitted (as Jay Bookout) Here going nothing!

  11. I've submitted :) good luck everyone!

  12. Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Mr. Brookes,

    I've submitted my story for April's contest.

    Thank you for reviewing my work.

  13. I've submitted 'Tooth for a Tooth.' Hope you enjoy it.
    -Trent Kollodge

  14. The images have been good, but my imagination has been failing me for these last few months. Finally, I came up with something for this one that I quite like.

  15. I have submitted, hope you find it interesting.

  16. Submitted :) Thank you!

  17. Late entry, but here's mine.

  18. Couldn't see a time limit, so I hope that I'm still in time - I realise that this is right up to the wire though, so I understand if it's too late.

  19. Sneaked one in, last minute. Hope it counts!

  20. It seems my comment didn't post so I'm not sure whether you got my entry though that seemed to work okay at the time.

    1. It was late in the evening so I may have hit preview rather thatn post on the comment, so sorry.