Sunday 22 November 2015

December Short Fiction Contest

Painted by Luciana Nedelea -
The image for December's Short Fiction Contest sees the return of the talented Luciana Nedelea's artwork (you can discover more of her art here: And it's a lovely dark piece that I think will inspire some great stories.

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 2016.

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 20th 2015.
  • By submitting the story you grant me a non-exclusive license to post the story on this blog. I do request 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. Great prompt for story writing, submitted!

  2. I just submitted mine. This one was a pleasure to work on.

  3. Thanks for the inspiration Michael. My tale has been submitted.

  4. Thanks for the prompt - really appreciate it!

  5. What a fantastic image! I have submitted an entry.

  6. Submission here, conjured by a demon.

  7. Submitted :) Wonderful image for inspiration.


  8. Submitted! I don't know if I missed the UK time cutoff, but I LOVED this prompt!

  9. Submitted, just in time :)

  10. Mr. Brookes,

    I've submitted my story for the December 2015 contest.

    Thanks for reviewing my work.