Sunday, 22 December 2013

January 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!

This month's image caught my eye as I hunted through the image library, he has a mysterious look about him and I'm curious to learn what stories you all come with!

As always, thanks to everyone who has entered and a big thank you to everyone who has supported the contest. Please continue that support by sharing the link to this contest wherever you can, it's much appreciated!

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 February 1st 2014.

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 January 19th 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 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. I have a submission for the December contest but I see no submission box. There's no form showing under your post. Please tell me where to send it?

    1. It's on the December contest page:

  2. Hello, Michael, just posted my January submission. Thanks again for the opportunity! :-)

  3. Ooh, cool picture this month. Looking forward to seeing what it produces :)

  4. Just posted my entry. Realized I had not written anything in 2014 yet, so this was a good way to kickstart my writing for the year! Thank you.

  5. My first time entering and I must say slightly intimidated by the past calibre! I think this is a great idea and a great way to let authors ‘tinker’ with their writing skills. Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Hi there , just submitted. This is a good idea. So hard to keep the story below 500 words. Greta exercise for the imagination and precise wording. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. oops - typo Great exercise not greta !! No hope eh?

  8. I just submitted my entry.

  9. Just submitted mine, thanks!

  10. Just submitted mine too. Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. I just have one question on the rules. In rule one, is that meaning I can only enter the contest one time and that's it? Or does it mean that I can only enter once per month?

  12. Hi

    Just entered

    Thanks for the opportunity

  13. Entered the January comp. Not like me to leave things to the last minute!

  14. I'm in. Love these competitions!

    1. Thanks Rose, the next contest will be posted later today.