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In honor of our favorite month of the year, we’re holding a contest for the best short story that embodies the hair-raising, spine-chilling, disturbing, and scary nature of October. Whether your writing invokes Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, Karen Russell, or Edgar Allen Poe we want to read it. We’re open to all styles and ideas, but your story must be well-constructed. We will show a particular interest in those pieces with some literary merit; stories that push themselves beyond the strangeness of their premise.

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Country of Publication

United States



Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationOne-time contest.

Fiction Closed

General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Winner's Prize:
We do not list prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
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Last Updated:
16 Oct 2014
Date Added:
10 Oct 2014

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