Sunday 19 April 2015

May Short Fiction Contest

By The creator of the Art piece- Lars Widenfalk- Poderedellaluna
I almost went with another weird doll picture, but realised that I should go with something a little different. One of the books I finished reading this week had a strong musicalal theme so with that in mind I found this wonderful picture of a black violin and I'm now eagerly anticipating the syories it will inspire!

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 June 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 May17th 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. Must get my thinking cap on, I have shared this post to my writing friends.

  2. Entered my story for this month, and once again, I thank you for the opportunity, Michael. The prompt is truly beautiful and brought up many images and ideas. I hope you like the one I chose to run with.

  3. Thank you for giving writers the opportunity to enter your Short Story Contest. I just submitted my story. I hope you enjoy it :)

    Keep smiling,

  4. Sent a weird little piece in. Thanks! :)

  5. Well here goes nothing :) Between dozen of essays I need to write for my exams I found some free time to write little story for this as well..

  6. I'm new here, I didn't know there was a writing contest and I even kind of suggested something like this. Kind of. I will definitely try and get a story up.

  7. Thanks for doing these competitions. For most of us are just practice, and for a few folks, a bit of exposure too.

    I submitted some stuff too :)

  8. Submitted. Thanks for the opportunity, Michael.

  9. Just submitted my May entry. I really appreciate how the images encourage me to move out of my comfort zone and push myself. Thank you.

  10. I submitted my piece. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!!!

  11. I hope I've made it in time. My entry is submitted!

  12. Just submitted. Hope you like it, and its in time.

  13. Got mine submitted yesterday. Nothing like a deadline to spur the inspiration!