Sunday 21 February 2016

March Short Fiction Contest

February's competition attracted the highest number of entries of the contest so far - can we beat that record this month? For this month's image we have a man reading to a woman and two girls - what story does he tell? And why do they react so? If you know the answer then write a story about it and send it in.

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 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 March 20th 2016.
  • 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. Just sent a weird one through!

  2. I just submitted something, but had an error pop up. Can you confirm it's been received? Name: Jon Gauthier

  3. Unusual image for you, Michael. It is nearly.... normal, at first look, lol.

    1. We shall see what fun stories it inspires :-)

  4. Just submitted! Thanks
    G.T. Rogers

  5. Entered. Thanks, Michael! Enjoyed the prompt and glad to have found the time to contribute something :)

  6. Hi, entered the comp. Managed to think of something that I hoped fitted.

  7. Hello - I've had a go too. Good competition!

  8. Nearly forgot to send my entry. Thanks for the chance to enter Michael.

  9. Good afternoon Michael,

    I have submitted my short story 'The Perpetual Incantation' for the March Contest. I hope you enjoy reading it. Many thanks.

    Kind regards,
    C D Whipp

  10. Mr. Brookes,

    Two days late, but submitted anyway because the form was still active.

    Thanks for reviewing my work.