September 2013 Short Fiction Contest

Welcome to the latest monthly short fiction writing competition here on The Cult of Me. Every month I post a new picture and you can then write and submit a short story (with a maximum word count of 500 words). At the end of the month I will pick the winners and announce them on this blog.

The winner's stories will be available here (and promoted across KUF, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook and Stumbleupon and anywhere else I can) and you'll also have a link to your blog or website displayed alongside your story if you win.

Winning stories will also be compiled in a collection later in the year, proceeds from the sales of that collection will be used to help fund the prizes for this competition.

The winners will also receive an Amazon gift card:
  1. First Prize is a £50 gift card
  2. Second prize is a £20 gift card
  3. Third prize is a £10 gift card
Details on how you can enter are provided below and I'm looking forward to reading your entries!

Image courtesy of Victor Habbick /
We're going a little bit sci-fi with this months image (although your story can be from any genre). To enter the competition you have to write a story of no more than 500 words based on the image above. It can be of any genre, but it should relate to the picture in some way. I've gone a little surreal with this month's image, so run wild with your imagination, I'm interested to see what different angles people take.

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 October 1st 2013.

As with everything in life there are a few rules:
  1. Only one entry per person.
  2. The story must not be longer than 500 words.
  3. Closing date for submissions is September 22nd 2013.
  4. By submitting the story you grant me a non-exclusive license to use it. I'll only post the winning entries.
  5. You also grant me a one time non-exclusive license to include the story in an e-book release.
  6. 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. I'm working to make this a regular feature so I need readers for the stories as well as entrants.


As well as comments section below you can chat about this competion 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. This is my first ever writing competition. I'm trying to teach myself to write with limited words. I think it's quite a challenge. I'm wishing me luck.

  2. Hmm...thought I left a comment before. Guess I forgot to hit "publish"! LOL Anyway, I've submitted my entry. Again, thanks for the opportunity. I've entered before (haven't won - yet) and it's a challenge for me, but always a lot of fun!.

  3. Is it greedy to enter again?

    I hope not, I suddenly had inspiration!

    1. Sorry - only one entry per person per contest. There'll be a new contest for October.

  4. Thanks, Michael. I've entered my story, Beat the Clock, for the September competition. -Anne

  5. Was just about to enter but the picture in Littleport life is not the same as the one here :-( Is showing the picture of a barn and that's what I've just spent my lunchtime writing about! Lol Not site I can adapt it to sci fi!!!

    1. Sorry there's a new picture every month and I had to use the current picture to make the print deadline.

  6. I've created a Facebook group for anyone who writes or enjoys reading short and flash fiction. My competition is featured in the group, but it is open to anyone, so please come and join the group and let's share our passion for these forms of story telling:

  7. Entered!

    Other short fiction (5,410 words) here (for free):

  8. Thanks Michael! I actually got around to submitting this time. :)
    Elizabeth (from GR)

    1. Great - it's good to have you on board!

  9. Entered. Had a lot of fun writing my story, it was an inspiring picture.

    1. Cool, I'll look forward to reading it!

  10. Replies
    1. Thanks and with only a day to spare :-)

  11. I don't see anything about time of day or time zone. I wanted to submit something, but it seems the form is gone. Next time, can you specify a time of day and time zone (not just a date)? Something came up for me yesterday so I wasn't able to edit my piece to my satisfaction. It's no big deal, but it would be nice to know in the future. Thanks.

    1. The time varies because it depends on when I have time free as I'm usually working, it's best to enter before the final day.

  12. Hi, my mother (Carol Bird) and I both submitted entries for September and both forgot to comment here.

    We're very sorry for the inconvenience, will our entries still be valid?

    Kind regards, Sarah Bird


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