#SOOP on Friday: Top 20 Short Stories & Book Ideas for September 22, 2023

Happy Friday!

This top 20 presents a moment to reflect on the experience of SOOP’s Annual Short Story Contest.

With the qualification period over, we commit to improving our primary vehicle to support the craft of storytelling. We also want to celebrate your willingness to share your narratives with our community, making this contest a great year. Each submission has added depth and diversity to the competition, making it a true celebration of creativity.

As we approach the final stages of the contest, we have some vital information for your consideration.

We invite you to contact us if you are shy of the votes required to qualify this year. We want to understand your SOOP experience in more detail and are open to considering extraordinary exceptions related to confusion or misunderstanding. Your voice matters to us, and we want to ensure that deserving narratives receive the recognition they deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with the subject “Reconsider My Submission” if you believe your story deserves an exceptional chance to qualify.

Navigating the world of writing contests and qualification processes can sometimes be daunting. If you have any questions or uncertainties about how the SOOP model and the voting process work, we are here to help. Understanding the benefits of SOOP’s crowdsourcing model is crucial to building your author career, and we are more than willing to provide clarity and guidance wherever needed.

We constantly emphasize that SOOP is not just a contest; it’s a community of passionate writers and readers. We encourage you to engage with fellow participants, share your experiences, and support one another. Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but it’s in these connections that we find the strength and inspiration to continue creating.

Without further ado, here are last week’s best short story ideas:

Monsters at Night

Genres: , Contest Category – Horror,

Nine Days

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Sex (Cells, Sells, Sales)

Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,

Strangers In The Night

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,

The End From The Beginning

Genres: , Contest Category – Motivational / Inspirational,


Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,

Sheryl Manson: Cry for Help

Genres: , ,

The Mistress

Genres: , Contest Category – Dystopian,

The Sky Speaks

Genres: , Contest Category – Motivational / Inspirational,

The Yum Yum Tree

Genres: , Contest Category – Children’s Fiction,

Sweet Detriment down Corridors

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,

Why Do Candles Flicker Just Before the Rain? 

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,

The Little Black Book

Genres: , Contest Category – Children’s Fiction,


Genres: ,Contest Category – Positive Social Transformation,

The Lost Shoe

Genres: , Contest Category – Children’s Fiction,

White Lies and Lipstick

Genres: , Contest Category – LGBTQ+,

How Groundhog Saved Planet Earth

Genres: , Contest Category – Fantasy,

The Lost Shoe

Genres: , Contest Category – Children’s Fiction,

The Collective Man

Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,

Where is Bob?

Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,

How to Make the Top 20?

Simple! Gather as many votes as you can! 

Read this blog to gain additional guidance on how to promote your idea through our Fan Base Building Model. If qualifying is too challenging for you, here’s an option you may want to explore. 

Work with SOOP

Everyone at SOOP will help you work towards success.

When you submit your Book Idea, you can choose one of two ways to reach your publishing goal: Free or Premium Levels. At each stage of the voting process, SOOP’s Free Level assigns homework, which helps you not only make substantial progress in marketing your work, but also helps you develop the best story possible. SOOP manages your homework in phases and returns your homework on a pass/fail basis.

SOOP’s Premium Level also assigns homework with a required 85% passing grade, ensuring you understand the curriculum before proceeding. In addition to a higher standard for your homework, our panel of experts provides personalized feedback, arming you with more information and allowing you to adjust the course when necessary.

Explore our website to purchase our Certification Program, learn more about Author-Driven Publishing, read additional FAQ answers, or submit a Book or Short Story Idea.

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