The Lit Bits Weekend Challenge #2 Winners

This weekend we challenged writers to produce a 1000-word story with the title, ‘The Lie’. Again, we were delighted with the huge response and would like to thank everyone who entered.

Our judges were busy reading the stories over Christmas and have now come to a decision. Our three winners are:

Saxon Pepperdine

Michael Signorile

Alexis Larkin

Congratulations to all our winners. If you followed the first competition you’ll notice that Saxon Pepperdine wins for a second weekend in a row.  So, very well-done to Saxon. Will someone be able to topple him from his winners podium this weekend?

We also have four honourable mentions this week, who very narrowly missed out:

Amanda Mason

Mitch Sebourn

Joel Blumenau

John Ward

This weekend the title is, ‘The Storm’.  Click here to sign up.


The Lit Bits Weekend Challenge #1 Winners

Between the 13th and 16th of December we ran the first instalment of our Lit Bits Weekend Challenge, where we challenged writers to produce a 1000-word story with the title, ‘Forgotten’. We were blown away by the response and would like to thank everyone who entered. After lots of deliberation and coffee, our judges have chosen the three winners (in no particular order):

John Ward for his inventive story on the fickleness of celebrity.

Saxon Pepperdine for an entertaining story about a father’s death.

Amanda Mason for her intriguing story about distorted childhood memories.

Congratulations to our winners, who will all be published in a competition anthology and receive a cash prize of £80/$80.

There were many quality stories and choosing three winners was difficult. Narrowly missing out were two honourable mentions:

Yasmin Kahn for her unique story about a flower thief.

Christina L. Rozelle for her touching story about a grandmother with Alzheimer’s.

Also, a special shout out to  11-year-old, Asia, for a very impressive story.


This weekend we challenge you to write a 1000-word story with the title:

‘The Lie’

If you’d like to take part, please sign-up here –

Lit Bits Weekend Challenge


As part of our mission to bring the best short stories from new and established authors to keen readers around the world, we’d like to set you, the writer, a challenge. Ladies and gentlemen; 4 Weekends, 1000 words – introducing, The Lit Bits Weekend Challenge…

Over the course of four consecutive weekends, starting on the 13th of December 2013, we want you to write us an entertaining  short story of 1000 words (give or take 100). Each Friday morning, at the crack of dawn, we’ll give you a story title to work with and you’ll have until Monday morning to send it in to us ( We’ll announce the title via email. You can read more about the competition and sign-up here –

But what do I get out of it, we hear you ask? Each week we’ll choose three winners who’ll receive £80 or $80 (depending on where you live), that’s 8p or 8c a word! That means by the end we’ll have twelve winning stories and prize money of nearly a grand up for grabs. We’ll then publish all the winning stories in special Lit Bits compilations. You can enter as many stories each weekend as you like, and from anywhere in the world, but they must be in English.

What’s more, entry is entirely free! What’s the catch? There is none. We want to give everyone an opportunity to write and have a chance of making money from their writing and get published, whether you’re a household name or new to writing. We will read every entry and judge them fairly.

Our judges for this competition will be Robert Rigby and Michael Cameron-Lewis. Robert Rigby is the co-author, with Andy McNab of the best-selling Boy Soldier series of novels. His other fiction includes the novelizations of the Goal! movies and a stand-alone novel in the series – Goal: Glory Days. He is the author of the four official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic novels for children. Robert also writes for the theatre, television and radio drama and is a prolific songwriter and composer, working in recording, television and radio. Robert has also had three short stories published on Lit Bits; When Harry Met Dali, The Silences, and Each Little Bird. Michael Cameron-Lewis is our commissioning editor; and a best-selling author, television writer, and theatrical director, in his own right.

For full terms and conditions, please see below. We strongly advise you to read some of the current Lit Bits stories available on Amazon to get an idea of the kind of stories we publish.  Remember we are looking for stories in any genre but they must be entertaining and engaging from the very first sentence.

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for prize money and publication, all winning authors will be required to sign our standard Lit Bits contract.  The principle points of this contract:

–          Grant the publisher the exclusive right to publish, promote and sell the story as an electronic ebook or as part of an electronic ebook compilation.

–          Grant the publisher first right of refusal to negotiate with the writer any other form of publication, including print publication.

–          Asserts that the author is the sole creator and owner of the work.

A Time And A Space – By Robert Rigby

Prolific author and Lit Bits contributor, Robert Rigby, talks about finding time and space to write…


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 Often, when I’m out and about, running writing workshops in schools, talking to reading groups, meeting people on my travels, I hear something along the lines of, ‘There’s a novel inside me and I’m desperate to get it out, but I just don’t have the time or the space to write.’

The easy answer to that of course is, ‘If you really want to write then somehow you’ll find the time, and the space.’

And that’s a fact; writers have been suffering for their art for centuries, locking themselves away, starving in some dank and draughty, rat-infested garret, their red-rimmed eyes streaming and sore from the smoke of a stuttering fire and a single candle that casts flickering shadows and barely illuminates the spidery scribbling filling the numerous pages…Are you getting the picture here?

With that amount of suffering authors deserve a bit of success. But does suffering produce a better novel? I’m sure in some cases it has, but generally, as a rule – not a fixed rule but for guidance only – wouldn’t we all prefer not to suffer for our art, if at all possible?

I know the realities and stresses of modern life mean that it isn’t easy to put everything else aside, even briefly, to start that novel. Family, day job, mortgage (if you can get one), commitments, they all conspire to continually delay the moment when we finally move on from the title page. But it can be done.

I’ve worked in a few metaphorical if not literal garrets, but these days I’m fortunate that much of my writing happens in a beautiful part of south-west France. My next novel for young readers, The Eagle Trail, is set there, during the early days of World War II. It’s a beautiful and inspirational part of the world, and locating the novel in that area continues a practise I’ve tried to maintain with every book I’ve written, which is to know the place I write about, or at very least to visit and get to know it.

Writing can be a lonely occupation. I’ve been at it for years and I’m used to spending entire working days speaking to no one but myself. But some writers, particularly those in the early stages of their career, need to talk, about their work, their thoughts, their writing fears and ideas.

So, with all this in mind, plus the fact that I enjoy running writing workshops, I’ve decided to host two week-long residential writing courses in my favourite corner of France. It’s close to the Pyrenees, deep in Cathar country; it isn’t fair to keep it entirely to myself any more.

And anyway, it’ll be good for me; I’m a writer, I don’t get out much, even though I have given up the garret.

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You can find Robert on his website. For more details on his writing courses, please click here.