This is the page for writers to get inspired. 

So you want to write something but you have no idea what to write. Well, you're in luck, you talented, misdirected human being. 

Every month, we'll put up new topics on this page for you to peruse and choose something that you want to write about. The topics will be wide-ranging, and even if you don't find something you want to write about, it may just inspire you to put words to paper. 

There will also be competitions where writers stand the chance to win juicy prizes every month. These competitions will be announced at the beginning of the month and results will be posted at the end of the month. 


Once you've chosen a topic, enter your name and email into the boxes and hit the "Select this Topic" button. From then, you'll have two weeks to write about that topic and send it to us via email ( We'll read it, and get back to you with any edits. After we are all happy with the piece, we shall publish it and notify you with links to our social media pages. 

If the two weeks pass and we don't hear from you, the topic will go back online as open to the public to write about. If you are having difficulties writing on the topic, please don't hesitate to contact us and one of our Senior Writers will be in touch to help. 

Here are our Submission Guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may lead to a rejection of your work. 

  • 5 Horror Films You Should be Watching this Halloween

Name *
  • How/Why Do Horror Movies Scare Us? 

Name *
  • Starting University: A Quick Guide to your First Year

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Scripts & Short Stories 

Seeing as everyone has a different writing style, the topics are completely open to everyone. You have no time limits, nor do you have to allocate a topic. Just choose something that interests you and go wild! We can't wait to see what you come up with. Once you've finished your piece, send it through via email (contact@forgeandflint) and we will read it and get back to you with edits. We'll publish your piece once all parties are happy. 

If two short stories are similar, we will publish the first one we received and attempt to amend the other, with the writer's guidance, help and influence, to make it different and publishable. 

  • Creepiest Home Town Horror Stories! 

We want to read about your creepiest local legends. Either write them as a short story or as a film script and send them through to Happy writing! 

  • Starting Sentence of the Month

Having some trouble starting your short story? Well here's your opening sentence to give you that helpful boost: 

I never wanted to find out this way. But I guess, in some way or another, I always knew.

Good luck and happy writing! 


Here's the competition for September. Good Luck! 

Forge & Flint want to read the scariest story you can come up with. With Halloween just a month and a bit away, we are getting horrifically excited. To share the excitement with you (and the whole world) we're giving away spooky prizes to the top 4 scary stories we receive this month! Here are the competition parameters:

  • Only one entry per person.

  • Participants must submit short stories only.

  • Short stories must be between 800 and 1800 words (with a 10% leeway in either direction).

  • Participants must include their email address, name, and country of origin in the submission.

  • Participants must include a heading indicating that their short story is for the competition, for example:

Forge & Flint September Competition: My Bloody Sunday

  • Short stories are to be 1.5 spaced and justified.

Please email through your submission, as well as any queries to 

The Prizes

The best story will win a copy of Misery by Stephen King and £30 (or the equivalent currency) in Amazon Vouchers. 

Second, Third, and Fourth prizes will be £10 (or equivalent currency) in Amazon Vouchers, or a copy of The Shining by Stephen King.!!-_strip_icc-!!-%2F2016%2F07%2F06%2F021%2Fn%2F1922283%2F4d7d4fa5_shining%2Fi%2FShining-Stephen-King.jpg