Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: October 2021 Theme

Please note – a little info:

This blog is updated in 3 parts:

Part 1 of this blog will present the current monthly theme, banner links and challenge specifics for the current month.

Part 2 after the close of the monthly challenge this blog will be updated to add links to the that month’s submissions and a link to vote in each category (veteran or novice) will be provided.

Part 3 After the vote closes an update to this blog post will be made to announce the top three Reader’s Choice in each category.

The “current” Part of each month’s challenge blog will be at the top of the blog.

****If you are brand new to this challenge click here for info on starting and posting:

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Announcement & Info

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Part 1 New theme for October 2021:

Remember that this theme, like all of our themes, is determined, defined, and used by you according to your creativity and imagination.

In other words – Don’t lock yourself in a box!




Up to 800 max


Story too short? Too long? Too many Screenies (always me) or not enough screenies? Feel free to join the challenge as a “just for fun” entry.


31 October 2021 @ Midnight PST


Post your story on your blog AND give me a link in the MSSSC Forum:

(If you are new to the forum and cannot post a link yet let me know and I will help.)

Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge – forum thread link


October 2021 participant banners

Select the banner you feel best represents you.

Submit in one of two categories:

Novice – blogging for a year or less

Veteran – blogging for more than a year and/or more experienced writer

Get your banner here:

(Dropbox Link)

Place whichever banner you choose at the beginning of your blog to indicate which branch of the challenge you are submitting to (Novice or Veteran).


Part two

October 2021 Submissions & Vote

Veteran Submissions:

Novice Submissions:

Please be kind and read all of the entries before you make your vote;

Please remember to pick your 3 favorites in the poll.

The vote closes on TBD @ Midnight PST

*Veteran Vote Link*

*Novice Vote Link*

Thank you for your support 


Part three

October 2021 Reader’s Choice Update


Top three Readers Choice:


Top three reader’s Choice:

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To read and vote on the last month’s submissions please follow this link …

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: September 2021 Theme Submissions & Vote

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8 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: October 2021 Theme

  1. Lol. No one else has their own vampire. Poor Sophie though. She’s had to grow up way too fast. And it seems she’ll never be free from Sebastian. I’m shocked she and her mother are civil to each other. It’s got to be awful for both of them.

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  2. ooh this will be a fun one I think, not to deep like last time. Fun! I will spread the word on stream too and hopefully, one day, we will see new joiners.

    PS EVERYONE I loved the stories, I think it is all getting better as we go and I seem to notice a trend in more engaged feedback. I love that. I am trying to do better at that myself.

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