TimeRiders 3: The Doomsday Code Short-Story Contest

Liam O’Connor, Maddy Carter, and Sal Vikram are from different times in history. Each should have died in terrible accidents. But they were saved and given a second chance. They work for a secret agency, who’s sole purpose is to prevent time travel from destroying history.

In The Doomsday Code, the third book of the TimeRiders series, Liam, Maddy, and Sal connect with Adam Lewis, a computer hacker from 1993, who has mysteriously discovered his name coded in a manuscript that is nearly 1,000 years old. How did it get there and why? Liam, Maddy, and Sal realize they have to fix this shift in the past in order to protect the future as they know it. Liam travels back to 1193, to the time of the Crusades and King Richard the Lionhearted, while, Sal and Maddy deal with the altered present.

Inspired by Alex Scarrow’s TimeRiders series, we’re hosting a new short-story contest. Your challenge: Pick a major moment in history and change the outcome. What if Columbus actually sailed to China? What if the South had won the Civil War? What if Stalin didn’t rise to power? Now, (in 1,200 words or fewer) write a story set in a present where this major historical change was a reality. How would life be different?

One grand-prize winner will receive the first three books in the TimeRiders series (TimeRiders, Day of the Predator, and The Doomsday Code) and the Guardians of Time trilogy by Marianne Curley (The Named, The Dark, and The Key).

Four runners-up will each receive copies of the first three books in the TimeRiders series (TimeRidersDay of the Predator, and The Doomsday Code).

How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with TimeRidersContest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until Tuesday, October 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. ET.The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Alex Scarrow for judging!

Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues.

For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

Contest Entries

  • Presidentcroatoan
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    President Croatoan

    -5th Place Winner In The Doomsday Code Contest- Rei Marchant is a time jumper. Her latest job ends up changing far more about the fut…

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  • Stacked books
    • 2
    • 2


    Books are not mass produced because the Gutenberg printing press was never invented. Follow the story of thirteen year old girl who re…

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  • Life as it is 2
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    • 11

    Life As It Is

    What would life be like if we still had slavery and the South won the civil war?

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  • Honor2
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    • 6


    RUNNER UP in the TimeRdiers Short Story Contest! What if the Salem Witch Trials had tried only men? And they had all been found guilty…

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  • Witch
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  • Bokeh
    • 1
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    Another Discovery of the New World

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  • Tumblr_mcd3jlg7qw1r4xus2o1_500_large
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    Never Ending War

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  • Cover7
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    FOR TIME RIDERS SHORT STORY CONTEST! READ AND HEART! What if The Black Death never struck? What if among those who were killed was a m…

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  • Remain
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    • 1

    And Ruins Remain

    Great Britain won the Revolutionary War. Abilee lives in present-day America, a place under the strict control of the even more po…

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  • Atomiccopy
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    Thank you Andy Z for the wonderful cover! Ayako, a small seven year old living in Hiroshima, Japan witnesses the bombs falling on her…

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  • One
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    • 3

    One Last Chance

    Karlin's lived her entire life as a failure. She can't give up though.

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  • The end cover
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    The End

    What would happen if Hitler was never brought down? One boy lives in a world where Hitler is revered and his cruelty is implemented.

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9 thoughts on “TimeRiders 3: The Doomsday Code Short-Story Contest

  1. You wrote “You have until Monday, Tuesday, October 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.” I think you meant “You have until Tuesday, October 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.”

  2. Does it have to be serious, like the Nazis winning? Or can it be more playful like Justin Beiber never being popular, or Harry Potter being a serious romance series where Harry is a CEO and Hermione is his secretary?

    • As long as it answers the prompt, you’re set! (Although re: Harry Potter, your characters and settings must be your own property and invention, or be public domain, like Lizzie Bennett or Mr. Darcy)

  3. I followed all of the instructions but I never got a pop up confirming my entry. This happens to me almost every time! Is it still entered?

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