Monday, 23 February 2015

March Short Fiction Contest

Image credit: Radoslaw Walachnia
Welcome to March's Short Fiction Contest here on The Cult of Me blog. This month's image is from Radoslaw Walachnia, one of the many talented concept artists I have the pleasure of working with. As well as being well painted it's the fearful look on the robot's face that made me use it for this month's image.

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 April 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 March 22nd 2015.
  • 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 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. Entered! Thanks as always Michael.

  2. I just submitted. Great image. I really enjoyed this one.

  3. I just entered. Looking forward to the next one!

  4. Great picture. Just sent my story.

  5. Thanks, Michael! Submitted.

  6. A little late to the party but now submitted. Thanks for the opportunity Michael.

  7. I sent mine at the beginning of the month. Waiting for the results impatiently!

  8. Thanks for the opportunity as ever
    Andrew C-K

  9. I hope this contest continues. I'd love to participate regularly...

  10. Great contest - and a great image - first time entering today (got it in on 22nd - so hope that counts)

  11. Michael,

    Thanks for the opportunity. You have a great site.

    Allan Rozinski