Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: June/July 2021 Theme, Submissions & Reader’s Choice

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 three

June/July 2021 submissions & Vote (Reader’s Choice Update)


Top Readers Choice:

From Where I Stand

A Day at the Office

The Shadow King


Top reader’s Choice:

Tortuous Affairs

MSSSC: Meredith’s Dream

Part two

June submissions & Vote

Veteran Submissions:

MSSSC: Alluring Academics (2)

From Where I Stand

A Day at the Office

Big Boss Battle

The Shadow King

Nabra’s Journey

Novice Submissions:

Tortuous Affairs

MSSSC: Meredith’s Dream

NO NOVICE VOTE this month all stories that met the challenge qualifications will get reader’s choice banners

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 7 August 2021 @ Midnight PST

*Veteran Vote Link*

*Novice Vote Link*

Thank you for your support ❤


Part 1 New theme for June 2021:

This month we are having a word challenge.

Use the word at least once in with proper usage. If you wish to challenge yourself further then use one of the meanings of the word as the theme of your story.

It is a fun word – enjoy!



Since the challenge may be a bit tougher to pull off I will be more generous here ❤


Up to 1000 max


min 5 to max 17


30 June 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


June 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).


MSSSC Table of contents

14 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: June/July 2021 Theme, Submissions & Reader’s Choice

      1. lol, all kinds of directions, that is ironic given the definition.
        So.. I immediately read it as torTURous but saw a commend where someone looked up the difference then I realized I read it wrong. So… I now have it straight, or non-tortuous as the case may be. I still don’t have an exact story, but something will come to me. I will get in game and see what comes to mind. This could be fun.

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      2. Lol You totally crack me up! You got it. The story does not have to be that way you can just use the word once as well. But I have no doubt in my mind you will definitely use it correctly!

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