Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: May 2021 Theme & Submissions

Please note – a little info on how to navigate this blog:

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.

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

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Announcement & Info

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Part two

May submissions & Vote (update after 1 June)

Veteran Submissions:

Flowers, Anyway

Petal to the Metal


Wilted Flowers

Novice Submissions:


MSSSC: The Cowplant: A How to Guide For Beginners

In Dreams

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 ❤

You will note that I did not do a poll this month .. just enjoy (all who met the challenge qualifications are TOP reader’s choice this month- phenomenal stories!!

If you want to “vote” vote with your encouraging words on their blog!


Part 1 New theme for May 2021:

Flowers do not need to be the main feature of your story but must factor into the story in some facet.




Up to 1200 max


min 5 to max 12


31 May 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


May 2021 participant banners

Select the banner you feel best represents you.

Submit in one of two categories:

Novice – blogging for less than a year or two

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 three

May 2021 submissions & Vote (Reader’s Choice Update) Update after 7 June


Top three Readers Choice:


Top three reader’s Choice:

MSSSC Table of contents

13 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: May 2021 Theme & Submissions

    1. Ohhhh lol … I was sleepy … I will fix in the am … I got to stop tending to the blog when I am sleepy but it seems it’s the only time I get a chance to sit down.


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