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Here Are the Details for the Halloween Flash Fiction Contest!


I know some of you are still waiting for our first official print release to hit the market. Rest assured guys, I’m trying really hard to get everything wrapped up on my end, and will certainly have things locked up in time to grab a table or two at one of the upcoming festivals (we’re actually eyeing an event in California for March, but more on that in the near future). There’s great talent waiting in the wings to bring it all to closure, I’ve just got to pin down a few hours and get some final issues worked out (I know I’m lagging guys, but given my profession, August through October is pretty nasty for me!). In the meantime, we’re having another contest!

If you write well, and can cram an awesome story into 1,000 words or less, you might want to continue reading.

What we’re looking for:

Initially planned as a single day contest, we’ve changed things up. You’ve got 10 days to put together a gnarly piece of fiction.

We want Halloween themed stories. It’s got to be set around Halloween. That’s really your only requirement outside of the word count (again, 1,000 word count maximum). It can be a monster story, a ghost story, vamp, zombie, werewolf, killer pumpkin. It doesn’t matter so long as October 31st is a part of the tale.

What you get if you win or your story stands out:

We’ll be giving out a prize pack that will be stuffed with some goodies for you. There’s plenty of merchandise to get out, and the package hasn’t been put together yet, but rest assured, we’ve got goods to put in your hands. This of course includes some killer novels and movies.

The winner will also pick up $50 (you must have a paypal account!) for their work.

And here’s what will no doubt be the kicker for many of you. We’re going to work our tails off to get the absolute best submissions assembled into one fun anthology, set to be released as an eBook, and get it out there and available on Amazon on or before the 31st. It’ll obviously be a rushed effort, but if the stories that come in are worth it, we’ll make it happen. I’ve got a full 12-hour day reserved specifically for the project as well as a wonderful artist prepared to offer up some exclusive artwork for the collection.

Deadline: October 25th, Midnight PST.

Send your submissions to HNRContests@live.com.

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

14 Comments on Here Are the Details for the Halloween Flash Fiction Contest!

  1. Unfortunately should I want to try my hand at this I cannot…but I know there are certainly plenty of others who can …enjoy the contest….Just me…vitina

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  2. Happy to see this. Seems to be very few Halloween writing contests these days. I will try to come up with something. Definitely looking forward to reading it.

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  3. love some of the submissions coming in. This is going to be a TOUGH judging run.

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  4. Mark Gunnells // October 20, 2013 at 11:47 am // Reply

    I’m in, I just have to come up with something in the next five days…

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  5. markallangunnells // October 20, 2013 at 11:48 am // Reply

    I’m definitely…just need to come up with something in the next five days. 😉

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  6. Can’t wait to read these~

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  7. I. Clayton Reynolds // October 22, 2013 at 9:01 am // Reply

    Are you asking for an image to go with the story like you have in the past? What file format, font, etc. What information do you need on the cover page?

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  8. Submission guidelines were certainly vague.

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  9. Hi, sent my entry a couple of days ago. I haven’t received a ‘confirmation’ email, but I’m assuming you’re not sending them! Good luck reading the entries. And remember this name 😉

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  10. Mark Gunnells // October 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm // Reply

    I didn’t receive a confirmation email either, but I’m going on faith that mine was received. I’m really looking forward to this.

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    • I don’t send confirmation emails simply due to time. I’m putting in 80+ a week and it’s just one of those extra little things I can’t squeeze in. We had roughly 80 entrants this contest, and confirmations just eat up a few more minutes that I (sadly, but realistically) cannot afford to spare. That said, your story was awesome Mark. It’s in the top tier of selections.

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      • Dave Watkins // October 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm //

        Thanks for this Matt. I also understand about confirmation emails. I love short deadlines, stops me faffing about and just gets me writing – always a good thing!

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  11. Thanks Matt, and trust me I understand, I appreciate you doing this with your schedule at all. I really enjoy these types of flash contests.

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  12. I entered a few days ago, but just figured that we’ll see the winners when we see the winners. Best case scenario- i made the cut., Worst case scenario- I get to read some awesome new short horror fiction set at Halloween and perhaps witness the birth of a brand new genre great. Either way, thanks to this contest, I actually have a brand new, original short story I’ve written that I can flesh out and add more depth and detail to going forward if I so desire. Come to think of it, there is no worst case scenario here. It’s pretty much all positive.

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