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message 151: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

January's short fiction contest has started and I have picked something spooky and seasonal - I hope it inspires you!

There's no entry fee and you could win a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. To enter write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image and submit it through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 152: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

The winners of December's Short Fiction Contest have been announced:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Stuart Ayris for his story 'Under the White'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to John Moralee for his story 'A Hunter's Tale'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Andrew K Lawston for his story 'Hansel and Grendel'

Congratulations to the winners and you can enjoy their excellent stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 153: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2100 comments Very nice Michael. I need to be more like you lol. You got a good thing going on your site and you seem to get alot of enjoyment out of it. Best of luck in future contests next year and who knows, maybe i'll enter a few lol. Happy New Year!


message 154: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Thanks Justin!


message 155: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments We're into the New Year now and I hope you're all rested from the Christmas and New Year festivities and ready to get back into the writing groove? And what better way to warm up than with a short story inspired by this month's ghostly ship image. There's no entry fee, so no excuse not to give it a try and you could win a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. Your story should be no more than 500 words and you can submit it through the form provided on the competition page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

If you've not read the winning stories from December's contest yet then you can read them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 156: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments I #B27321
Decided
to Give
It a
Go.


message 157: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Thanks Cliff!


message 158: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

The winning stories from January's Short Fiction Contest have been chosen and we have three cracking reads!

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Paul R Hardy for his story 'Edmond Halley: Moonhunter'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Randy D Rubin for his story 'The Bone Frigate'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Matthew M Bartlett for his story 'The Birth'

Congratulations to the winners! You can read their entries here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 159: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments In Case
you
Would
Like
to Read
my Entry.
-
Fattened Sow
-
Through the Black Twisted Sea,
you Come Searching for me.
You Would Follow me to the Mountains of the Moon,
to Ensure my Doom,
you Said to me.
I have Thwarted you On Both Sea & Land,
me & my Red Hands.
Shame & Scorn Is What you Have to Look For.
As we Slink In the Night to Burn
& Plunder All you Hold Right.
With Taxes & Levies you Burden us Down.
Thrust, Cut, & Parry, you Fattened Sow.
We of the Free Company will not Bare your Yoke.
Rather, Look you In the Eye, Stand & Die, Not Mice but Men.
The Mountains of the Moon Could not Come too Soon,
to End your Miserable Life.
-
Taken From
the Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line.


message 160: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments There's only two weeks left to enter February's Short Fiction Contest, so if you haven't submitted your story yet then it's time to get writing! To enter all you have to do is write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image. You can then submit your entry through the form provided on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

It's free to enter and the winning story receives a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There's £20 and £10 prizes for second and third place as well.

For me the best part of the contest is picking the winners and I'm always amazed at the quality of the entries. You can see what I mean by reading the winning stories from January's contest:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 161: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

March's Short Fiction Contest has started and this month we have a wonderful picture from Radoslaw Walachnia. You can enter your story of now more than 500 words based on this month's image from the contest page link below:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

The winning story will win a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize and there are prizes for second and third places.


message 162: by Hina (new)

Hina Tabassum | 6 comments This time, I am participating for sure. Hope to win.


message 163: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Hina wrote: "This time, I am participating for sure. Hope to win."

Excellent - I'll look forward to your entry.


message 164: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Figured
I Would
Give It
Another
Go.


message 165: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Thanks Cliff.


message 166: by Hina (new)

Hina Tabassum | 6 comments I have submitted my entry.

And now there is this huge waiting period.


message 167: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Hina wrote: "I have submitted my entry.

And now there is this huge waiting period."


Thanks Hina - and it's only a few weeks to wait :-)


message 168: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

The winners for February's Short Fiction Contest have been announced:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Matt Porter for his story 'Dead of Night'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Nav Logan for his story 'The Puppeteer'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to John Moralee for his story 'The Ones Left Behind'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 169: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week to enter March's Short Fiction Contest.so if you haven't entered yet then you're running out of time! It's easy to enter, all you have to do is write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's image of a rather frightened looking robot painted by the talented Radoslaw Walachnia.

There have been some excellent entries so far and I'm looking forward to reading more. There's no entry fee and the winning story will win a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There are prizes for second and third places as well. You can enter your story through the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

Each month I receive many well written entries and it's a tough task picking just three winners. You can see what I mean by reading the three winners from last month's contest here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 170: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

April's Short Fiction Contest has started over on my The Cult of Me blog and this month's image is a rather intriguing image of a puppet - yes I know I use puppets a lot!

You have until April 19th to enter a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image and there's no entry fee. The winning story will receive a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize and there are prizes for second and third place as well.

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 171: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments The winners for March's Short Fiction Contest have been announced.

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Samson Stormcrow Hayes for his story 'One of our Deathbots is Missing'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to James Sauger for his story 'Night in the Tunnel'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Christopher Odette for his story 'Curious Curiosity'

Congratulations to the winners and you can enjoy their stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 172: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments In Case
you Care
to Read
Mine.
-
Stone & Steel on To the Temple of Hephaestus;
What Glory a Waits me,
Forlorn Son of Past Noble Deeds.
OnWard to the Treasures Only I Could Steel,
Past Gorges & Ravines.
Through Withering Heights I Followed This Dream,
Minerva’s Steed.
No Earthly Things Did I See,
Only Cold, HardShip & Depravity;
Till I Reached That Crystal Cavern of Old.
The Lame God of the Forge was Depicted In Many Scenes,
the Love of Fire & Forge & That Which I did Seek;
His Crowning Achievement the Star Sword;
Aphrodite’s Bane;
Aries Whore.
What I Wonder Will Bar my Door From This & More.
In Answer Blood was Spilt;
Mine.
For That Steel Clad Creature Had None I Could Find.
Brazen Brass Bull,
my Blade a Tiny Broken Thing.
Sharp Fingers Rend Flesh,
Curses Give Way to Screams
At the Test of Metal Against Muscle.
Plunging the Pommel Through One of Its Fiery Red Orbs;
Kicking Out with Both Feet.
Thrusting It & Much of me;
For the Talons Still Did Cling to Pieces of me,
From the Shelf Where we Did Battle.
In To the Fire That Did Ring us In
Before a Bridge.
Where I Once Again Took Up my Plight,
For I Saw No Way It Could Survive
Or Climb the Black Night
That Had Swallowed the Guardian of the Crypt.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line.


message 173: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Very nice!


message 174: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Gratitude,
Thanks
For the
Prompt.


message 175: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Taylor (christopher_taylor) | 6 comments Well met!


message 176: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments There's only two week's left to enter April's Short Fiction Contest, so if you haven't written your story yet then you need to get cracking! This month's image is a rather startling (and let's face it, a bit sinister) picture of a finely carved puppet. It is a bit of a theme in this contest, but there's already a wealth of stories inspired by this image, but still time to add yours.

To enter the competition you first need to write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image. You then submit it via the form provided on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and the winning story will receive a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There are prizes for second and third place as well.

If you haven't read the winning stories from March's contest yet then you will find them all here and they are an excellent read:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 177: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments As we've entered the final week of April's Short Fiction Contest time is running out to get your entries in. If you've not entered before then the rules are simple. First you write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's picture. You then subit the story via the form provided on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and the winning story will receive a £50 Amazon gift card or PayPal prize. There are prizes for the second and third place winners.

If you enjoy reading short ficion then you should check out last month's winning stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 178: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments For the
Prompt
& to
See
What
Beats me
Out.


message 179: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

May's Short Fiction Contest has now started and we have a musical theme this week with a remarkable image of a black violin. There's no entry fee and the following prizes are available:

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

To enter write a story of no more than 500 words inspired by this month's image and submit it via the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 180: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments The winning stories from April's Short Fiction Contest have been announced:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Michael Gunter's story 'Let Me Out'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Jon Jefferson's story 'Splinters of a Wooden Heart'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Jillian Bost's 'Virtue Rewarded'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 181: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments In Case
you Care
to See
What
Came From
my Pen.
-
This
Wooden
Puppet
Clothed
In the
Flesh
Of my
Father
a Small
Pecan
Nut
of Death
Fitting
Eulogy
For the
Sins
He Made
me Commit
#B27321
-
UnWanted at Birth, Raised In a State Home;
Sold to the Master Carpenter Ebenezer
& His Cruel Task Master Rumpelstiltskin.
6 When I Came, 13 Now I Be.
My Greatest Creation I Summon Thee.
Born of Shame, Hate, & Pain; Come Forth, Come Forth,
& Set me Free.
Souls & Slaughter I Offer, Come Forth, Come Forth,
& Sup On my Enemies.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line.


message 182: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Excellent.


message 183: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks,
Yes your
Prompts
are Excellent.


message 184: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Thanks to internet woes at home (all resolved now thankfully!) I've not been able to post any reminders for May's Short Fiction Contest - my apologies for that. On the plus side there's still a week left to enter, so if you haven't enetered yet then you have time to do so. This month's imagine has already inspired some interesting stories and I'm looking forward to picking the winning stories.

If you've not entered yet then it's easy to do so. First you write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's rather fine image of a black violin. You can then submit the story through the form provided on the competition page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize for the winning story and prizes for second and third place as well.

If you've not read April's winning stories yet then you should check them out. You can read them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 185: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Once
Again
my Friend.


message 186: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

I'm pleased to announce the winners of May's Short Fiction Contest:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Sheila Deeth for her story 'My Brother's Keeper'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Nav Logan for his story "The Midnight Serenade'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Lauren M. Gunter for her story 'Unfinished Symphony'

Confratulations to the winners and you can read their stories here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 187: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Mine.
-
The Eerie Music of H.P.
-
The Voids & Gulfs It Held In Trance.
Of Outer Gods, Demons, Devils, & Human Headed Rats.
Of Cemetery Yards & the Animated Damned;
Trilling Throats Offer Up Kə-THOO-Loo’s Hideous Demands;
Human Sheep UnWilling Flesh Bags.
Allowing His Eyes to Focus & His Mind to Mingle,
as He Sits In the Deep, Deep;
Seeking to Throw Off Time’s Sleep.

Searching, Questing For the Lost Lullaby
of Dominion Over Man.
Written by the Hand of the Master Zann.
So His Children of the Sea Can Thrive, Breed,
& Hold Sway Once Again.

Starving Not Just For the Souls of Man,
But the Meat In All Its Many Forms;
In your Inner Most Dreams He Creeps,
Pulling you With In His Reach.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 188: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments Nice.


message 189: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments Thanks.


message 190: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments June's Short Fiction Contest is in full swing and if you haven't enetered yet then it's time to get those fingers tapping on the keyboard! There's already some surprises lurking behind the door in this month's image and you can add your own. It's easy to enter - write a story of no more than 500 words based on this month's image. It can be of any genre and unlike many similar competitions there's no entry fee.

Submit your story through the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

The winning story will receive a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize and there's prizes for second and third place winners too.

If you've not read the winning stories from May's contest yet then you can read them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

And make sure to share them with your friends!


message 191: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments We've entered the final week of June's Short Fiction Contest. This month's image of an amazing door has already inspired some wonderful stories. What do you think might be behind such a door? If you know then write a story of no more than 500 words and submit your story through the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

There's no entry fee and the winning story will receive a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There are prizes for second and third place winners too.

The contest attracts excellent stories each month and if you haven't read the winning stories from May's competition yet then you can rea them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 192: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 193: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

July's Short Fiction Contest has started and this month we have another mystery to solve - just what is the girl seeing in the looking glass?

To enter write a story of no more than 500 words and enter it via the form on the page linked below. There's no entry fee and there are prizes for the winning stories:

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

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 194: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments

The winners of June's Short Fiction Contest have been announced:

- First prize of a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to Nav Logan for his story 'The Gatekeeper'
- Second prize of a £20 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to David J Wing for his story 'The Thinker'
- Third prize of a £10 Amazon or PayPal prize goes to G E Smith for the story 'Living Exhibit'

Congratulations to the winners and here are their stories:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


message 195: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments More
-
Wracked by a Million Battles;
my Flesh an Old Sole.
Still I Go, Searching, Searching,
For a Mystery to UnFold.
It Has Lead me To your Door;
What Pray Tell Will This Story Hold.
Another Contest of Wills,
So you May Test the Iron of my Spine.
Ever It Has Driven me Forth, Searching,
Searching For More.
-
Taken From
the Private
Journals
of #B27321
Last Son
of a
Fallen Line


message 196: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments But what is behind the door? :-)


message 197: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments What Ever
your Imagination
Summons
Forth.


message 198: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments God help us all then :-)


message 199: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Wallace | 75 comments :)


message 200: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) | 1413 comments There are only two weeks left to enter July's Short Fiction Contest. We have an Alice in Wonderland theme for this month's competition and there's already some imaginative tales of what the girl sees in the mirror. What do you think she sees? Why is she looking? If you know, or have another story that fits the picture then write it in no more than 500 words and submit it through the form on the contest page here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...

The closing date is July 26th and the winning story will win a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There are prizes for second and third places too.

If you haven't read the winning stories from June's contest yet then you will find them here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


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