What they want:
Stories submitted to the 13th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2013) must use the theme IT’S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE. Also in honor of our 13th year, the number 13 must appear in your story in some way.
Stories MUST be set in winter.
Stories MUST fall in the horror genre.
As to subgenre, any is allowed but note that the judges prefer gothic, dark fantasy, erotic horror (PG-13 max), noir, psychological horror, quiet/soft horror, and suspense horror. The judges tend not to like sci-fi horror, extreme/splatter horror, Lovecraftian, etc. Please no creepy children, people who don’t know they’re dead or overdone “monsters” (vampires, were wolves, sasquatch, etc.). As to gore level, we’d far rather know what’s going on inside a character’s head than to see it on a pike. We want to be disturbed, unable to shake your story and compelled to leave on every light in the house after reading it.
Deadline: December 21, 2013
Length: 3,000-4,000 words
Award: If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card & second a $10 Amazon gift card. If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.
Submission Guidelines: http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/contest.htm#dow