Formula 500: Myths and Legends

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Competition Details

For this Formula 500 Competition we've been inspired by the legend of Scotland's famous Loch Ness Monster. The myth of Old Nessie has inspired stories, artwork, and even movies over the years. And now we want to read your stories about Loch Ness, Big Foot, or even a monster of your own creation (the Shortbread Snow Monster perhaps?). Submit your very own myths and legends to ShortbreadStories making sure the word count is under 500 words. The winning story will be sent around our 6,000 plus Friday Story mailing list.


  • Prize: Friday Story Fame

  • 500 Words
  • Formula 500 Competition
  • 32 Entries
  • Opened: 3 years ago
  • Deadline: Closed

Formula 500: Myths and Legends

Published 3 years ago


We started with the short story, and now we’re moving onto the micro-story. The Shortbread Formula 500 is a competition where anything up to 500 words is your limit, so you have to ‘make every frame a Rembrandt’, as was the saying of film cameramen of old when describing the shooting of television adverts. This is a style of writing you can do anywhere, anytime – during your lunch break, in a bus or a train, or even stuck in one of those endless traffic jams. Choose your subject, choose your title, choose your plot – a beginning, middle, and end.

Shortbread wants to encourage everyone to have a go – writers and readers of all ages  - so now is the time to tune up your creative engine, psyche yourself up and hit that blank page at spee

For this Formula 500 Competition we've been inspired by the legend of Scotland's famous Loch Ness Monster. The myth of Old Nessie has inspired stories, artwork, and even movies over the years. And now we want to read your stories about Loch Ness, Big Foot, or even a monster of your own creation (the Shortbread Snow Monster perhaps?). Submit your very own myths and legends to ShortbreadStories making sure the word count is under 500 words.  The winning story will be sent around our 6,000 plus Friday Story mailing list.

As this competiton will judged by the community be sure to vote for your favourite before the 23rd of May.



Short Story Entries

Competition Entry Length
1 Read   Dragon Slayer by Mags Campbell 479
2 Read   It's Always Been There... by Jay Leffew 491
3 Read   The Oilliphéist, The Piper And… by Jeanne Quigley 460
4 Read   Landscape... by Lorna Fraser 494
5 Read   Krowley's Korner by Kate Smart 485
6 Read   The Bogeyman by Anne Stenhouse… 475
7 Read   Terror On The Moor by Heidi-jo Swain 152
8 Read   Monster by Lorna Fraser 496
9 Read   Damsel Of The Secret Grove... by Steve Oliver 179
10 Read   The Best Kind Of Monster by Emma Aitken 501
Read   Prodigal Song by Linda Bond 493
Read   The Bloomer Monster by Diane Dickson 497
Read   Dawn Walker by Suzanne Mays 405
Read   A Myth Is As Good… by Andrew Campbell-kearsey 499
Read   Loch Ness Cuckoo by Linda Bond 482
Read   Misunderstood by Jay Leffew 450
Read   Cheshm by Maysam Kandej 248
Read   You're Hired by Anna Ryan… 426
Read   Beast by Diane Dickson 499
Read   Release Of The Dragon by Thomas Mackay… 500
Read   Solomon Grundy by Jay Leffew 298
Read   Teddy by Fran Strahan 379
Read   The Thing by Fran Strahan 352
Read   Nessie Nonsense by Carol Ford 465
Read   Monstering? I Blame Walter by Andy Bottomley 498
Read   The Golden Rapton by Kyle J… 409
Read   Into The Night by Willie Douglas 503
Read   Eddie Carter by David Armstrong 286
Read   Nessie Night by Anna Ryan… 500
Read   Nessie Is A Dragon by Jay Leffew 485
Read   A Tail as Old as… by Georgina Simpson 509
Read   Legend Of The Unicorn by Fran Strahan 399