Saturday 20 September 2014

October Short Fiction Contest

"Boodoo" by Victorrrmz - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons
Welcome to October's Short Fiction Contest here on The Cult of Me. As October is the month of Halloween I decided that something suitably sinister is in order - although I could be accused of doing that every month! Although this doll has an element of cute about it I'm sure you would agree.

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
  • Thirds 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 November 1st 2014.

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 October 19th 2014.
  • 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 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. 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!


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. Posted my story submission. I had fun writing this one after seeing that picture!

  2. I've sent in a slightly amended version. Please disregard the first one. Thanks

  3. I can't remember if I sent you the story I wrote or not!

  4. Just sent in my story--what fun! Thanks!

  5. Thanks, Michael. Here's mine. :-)

  6. Entered. As always, thanks again. I had fun writing this entry.

  7. I finally created time to submit to one of your contests. The 500 word limit was a fun challenge :)

  8. Entered! Thanks again, Michael. I'll be sharing the contest as well.

  9. Submission sent. Thanks as always for hosting the competition, Michael.

  10. Hi Michael
    Here's mine, 'Living Doll'. Thanks for the opportunity as ever
    Andrew C-K

  11. Submitted Nathanael Munn - Pen Name N.L. Munn on FB as Jessie Pinkman.