Writers! Win 5 Steem--Twenty-four Hour Short Story Contest for June 5--A gargoyle, from a top an ancient building, plots its coming escape into the real world.


The 24 hour short story challenge

(But you'll get a little more time than that...) 

I am fascinated by science fiction writer Harlan Ellison writing short stories in a book store window.  He wrote short stories with everyone watching for years, and people questioned if he already had the stories, so he began to take suggestions for topics from people watching. 

 Chris Carter of X-files fame gave him the topic of a 102-year-old pregnant corpse, and he wrote a story based on that idea.

So thus the idea behind this contest was born.  You can write a short story in a short amount of time.

Click here for last week's winners and entries. 


Here are the terms of the contest.

Write a short story no longer than 2,000 words, based on the topic phrase.

Here is the topic for you short story:

A gargoyle, from a top an ancient building, plots its coming escape into the real world.

(I got the idea from here.)

Here are the rules for entry

1. Upvote this post.  

2. Resteem this post  (And actually even you don't enter this contest and you read this post, resteeming this would be greatly appreciated to get the word out for more participants.  Thanks!)

3. In your post put a link to this post. 

4. Post a link to your story in the comments below.

Entries are due by 9 p.m. EST (New York/D.C. Time) Tuesday June 5. 

 This actually gives you a little over 48 hours from when I make this post.  But I want to give more time to allow for more people to enter the contest. Use the tag twentyfourhourshortstory for your first tag.  (Don't use # before the tag or it goes over the 24 character limit.  24...24 hour short story contest...Ironic don't you think...)

Feel free to use other tags as you wish.

Prizes are:

5 Steem for First Place.

3 Steem for Second Place

1 Steem for third Place And depending on how many entries I receive I may give out Steem for other entries.  But again that all depends on the amount and quality of posts. 

 (I am personally putting up the rewards for this contest, there be no whales here capt’in.  So upvoting and resteeming helps keep this thing going.)

So please upvote with as much power as you can.  That helps fund the contest.

Here's what you get for participating, even if you don't win.

1. I upvote every entry, and I resteem every entry to over 1,000 followers.

2. I create a post at the end of every contest and I mention and link to your post. Again going out to over a 1,000 followers.

3. A regular community of participants has developed around this contest and they read and comment on the entries.

4. (Then of course there is the chance for winning some extra Steem!) 

 Thanks for reading and good luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

P.S. If by Friday you see I have not resteemed or upvoted your entry, shoot me a comment.  I may have missed it.  I am getting more entries to read, and contrary to rumor...I am human.   

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

Hi, I didnt use the twentyfourhourshortstory as the first tag because I didnt see this rule in the paragraph below. Request you to add it to the rules as a 5th point for more clarity.
Anyway since I worked on it , here's my entry:


You're fine. I upvoted and resteemed your post.

I'm late, so I probably don't qualify, but if you're interested in reading my story...


You're good. I'm still up. :) I look forward to reading it.

Just noticed this--love the prompt. Irresistible. I've only got 22 hours left, and likely will devote some of those to sleep :).

Update: I made it. Drafted something rough last night and tried to refine it this morning. Thanks for running this contest. It was fun coming up with something so quickly. Here's the link to my story, which is entitled, The Mission https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@agmoore/twenty-four-hour-short-story-contest-the-mission.

Submitting an entry because I've never tried to do anything with gargoyles before. Thanks for continuing to host these contests.


Thanks, I look forward to reading it.

This was such a fun theme, I wrote a few entries, but in the end, I am going this this one:

The Curse That Bound Her

I did also write a story about a 'retired' gargoyle, longing to return to the real world and his days atop an old building, it was so hard to decide, but went for this one as the entry, and I will just have to share the other another time.

Thank you for yet another brilliant round!

Here is my short story for this week! Thanks for the inspiring prompt, as always! https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@nobyeni/the-last-gargoyle-original-flash-fiction

Hullo :) Here is my entry for your prompt ~ https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@kaelci/the-last-gargoyle

Thank you for hosting an interesting contest! :D The prompt was an intriguing one.

My entry cheated a little by being cyberpunk, but technically it's still a gargoyle (in the form of a rogue security AI) and an ancient building (forgotten server rack). That counts, right? https://steemit.com/twentyfourhourshortstory/@loreshapergames/gargoyle

Does it need to be a proper gargoyle with a water spout or can it be a plain stone grotesque? :)


Bwhaha! Whatever you need it to be!

To listen to the audio version of this article click on the play image.

Brought to you by @tts. If you find it useful please consider upvoting this reply.

I may have cheated a little on the setting, but I'll submit it anyway.

This sounds like fun! I think I'll try! So 48 hours from when you posted this post?


Hello Martin, since my entry is not resteemed just a reminder on that. Also, I hope my entry is accepted. Cheers!


Resteemed. Sorry about the lateness on it. Your pic was used in another story, and it threw a little.


Hello there Laddie's and gentleman's 7u7 here is my entry uwu/


Oh raios q.q i didn't release that the contest had finished when i published, I was going to do it but the light went out qwq


This came in after the deadline but I'll include it in the weekly post.