Contests (listed alphabetically)

2014 HWA Poetry Showcase

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What they want:

We are looking for more than “blood, guts, worms,” etc. Just being “Icky” isn’t enough. Free verse preferred; no forced rhyme or cliches. Unpublished poems only (though previously published poets are, of course, welcome).
For example, these are some contemporary poets of darkness that we admire: Ann K. Schwader, Wendy Rathbone, Mary Turzillo, Bruce Boston, Gary Clark, Robert Borski.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Length: Up to 50 lines
Award: Four poems will be chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.  In addition, at the judge’s discretion, an electronic chapbook of qualifying poems will be considered for publication under the aegis of HWA. Each poem chosen for publication will be paid $5.
Submission Guidelines: https://horrorwritersassociation.submittable.com/
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99Fiction Flash Fiction Contest

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What they want:

Only submissions which are within the 99-word limit will be accepted. This means any story up to and including 99 words. Hyphenated words will be treated as one word. No limit to the number of entries per person.

Deadline: Ongoing (check website)
Length: Up to 99 words
Award: The winner will receive a free bottle of wine from http://www.alcoholfree.co.uk/ and posted anywhere in the world at the expense of 99fiction. Alternatively, the winner may elect to receive a voucher from Amazon to the value of $25.00 (US) and sent by e-mail to the winner.
Submission Guidelines: http://99fiction.tumblr.com/

On The Premises

On The Premises Issue 16

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What they want:

On The Premises aims to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write what we feel are creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. Entrants pay no fees, and winners receive cash prizes in addition to exposure through publication.

Your story MUST be based on the current contest premise. Please make the connection between your story and the contest premise obvious! The more obvious, the better. Your entry will lose points (seriously!) if we have to work hard to figure out how it uses the premise.

Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Prizes:  1st prize: $180; 2nd prize: $140; 3rd prize: $100; Honorable mention: $40
Submission Guidelines:  http://www.onthepremises.com/contests/rules.html

The AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition 2014

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What they want:

Horror stories, tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in this genre will be accepted, from the well-used (zombies, vampires, ghosts etc) to the highly original, so long as the story is professional and well written. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author. Stories can be as violent or as bloody as the storyline dictates, but those containing gratuitous sex or violence will not be considered.

Deadline: May 31, 2014
Entry fee:
Free for AHWA members.  Non-AHWA Members: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Length: Up to 8,000 words.
Award: The authors of the winning Flash Fiction and Short Story entries will each receive paid publication in Midnight Echo (pays 3c word/$150 max); The Magazine of the AHWA and an engraved plaque. Plus the adulation of millions. (Legal note: your value of “millions” may vary. And “adulation”.)
Submission Guidelines: http://australianhorror.com/
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The Twentieth Annual Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers Short Story Contest

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What they want:

Theme: HAARPING ON CONSPIRACIES

1970s paranoia is back in fashion, but with a 21st century technological edge. Does the NSA listen in on every little tweet? Will drones watch over the backyards of America? And what exactly is HAARP (the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), with its high-power radio frequency transmitter facility located deep in the Alaskan wilderness? Is the Air Force really studying the ionopshere, or is electronically tickling the Northern Lights a cute cover for more sinister experiments in weather manipulation, satellite disruption and mind control?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to impress us with the wildest conspiracy you can imagine, whether inspired by current events like those above or drawn completely from your worst hypothetical fears. All genres will be considered, and the subject matter need not be limited to modern, scientific skullduggery. Freemasonry, ancient cabals, cults, secret societies and good, old-fashioned assassination plots are just as welcome.

* There is NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline: July 31, 2014
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Award: All authors will receive written critiques from each of three first round judges.  The top three stories will move on to the second round, judged by Hildy Silverman, editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine.  The 1st Place story will be published in a future issue of S&T, as per editor’s timeline and discretion, and the author will receive the Graversen Award ($75), in honor of the GSSW’s founder, Patricia Graversen.  The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $40 and $25, respectively.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.gshw.net/contests.html