Sunday 23 November 2014

December Short Fiction Contest

Attribution: Bobamnertiopsis and Immanuel Giel
Welcome to December's Short Fiction Contest here on The Cult of Me blog. Looking over the previous contests it appears that you struggle with images of locations compared to characters. This month's image is of a very familiar trio and I wonder what diverse stories will arise from this picture.

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 January 1st 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 December 21st 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 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 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. You might want to fix the reveal date to January 2015 (unless you've discovered time travel, at which point I beg to be your best friend). Nit-picky I know but I had to mention it ;-)

  2. Hi there. Thanks for running this competition. I've just submitted my entry with the title "Granny Jankovic." I hope that you and your readers enjoy it.

  3. Thanks for another great competition and another inspirational picture. I let this one mull for a few days before I found inspiration. submitted now.

  4. I couldn't resist submitting a twisted tale...! :)

  5. I just submitted my entry for this month's contest. Thanks!

  6. Got my entry in early this time, as I was snowed under with work the last time, and missed it!

    Thanks again for running the competition.

  7. Just entered my story for this month's competition. Thanks.

  8. Michael, I finally found the story in my mind. It woke me at 4:30AM. Here it is as promised my friend. Have a great holiday season. Hope you enjoy it.

  9. Wilson F. Engel, III15 December 2014 at 03:50

    I have entered my story. Thank you for the opportunity. Best WFE

  10. Is this an international contest? If I live in the U.S. can I still enter, or not?

  11. Thanks for the opportunity again

  12. Francis W. Alexander has just submitted. Thanks.