As you may or may not know, in addition to Write Good Books, I’m also the owner and editor of Theme of Absence, an online magazine of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. And if there is one thing I love, it’s horror.
Like a lot of horror fans, I have a crazy obsession with all that is Halloween. Since I’m always looking for new writers and new opportunities to grow Theme of Absence, I thought I’d try promoting a Halloween Flash Fiction contest this year.
The rules for entering are the same as my regular submission guidelines, with a few notable exceptions. For this contest, the story must be horror. It must be flash fiction, meaning we’ve got a firm word-count maximum of 1000 words. The payment is .01/word for this story, making it a semi-pro paying contest.
The deadline for submission is October 10 and the winning story will be published on the site Halloween morning at 3:00AM, along with an interview with the author.
If you’re a reader of this blog who hasn’t written horror or flash fiction before, this would be a great opportunity to try something new. I love reading stories by published and unpublished authors alike, so please consider!
Finally, for some advice on writing flash fiction, check out my post 3 Things to Avoid When Writing Flash Fiction and for some advice on writing horror, be sure to read What makes horror work? and 3 Horror clichés I found in my writing (and 2 more you should avoid).