Halloween Contest 2020


Theme: Halloween Monsters
Submissions are currently

Winner 2019

Charlotte Williams - The Avenging Angels


Martin Hill Ortiz - Who Walks With Me

Daniel Summerbell - Ash and the Elm

Charles Cross - Exenteration

What we're looking for

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. While we don't officially have a minimum word count, we have found that shorter stories must work harder to convince us.

The theme, fitting for the season, is Halloween Monsters. Send us your stories featuring vampires, zombies, mummies, ghosts or witches or anything else you might find roaming the streets on Halloween night.

We particularly love straight stories where someone is trying to get something and meets an obstacle, but we can also appreciate a story that touches us purely emotionally.

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The legal stuff

The winner of the contest will receive £300 (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly anthologies containing stories from the previous 12 months (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.

We will also mention three shortlisted stories on our website, but we will not publish them. Hopefully, that will give those three something to add to their bio. It will definitely allow them to still submit their stories to other magazines.

  • All decisions regarding the winner are final

  • No contest entry fees will be returned

  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules

  • Contest rules are subject to change

How to submit

Before you submit your story, please first use the Donate button at the bottom of the site to pay the submission fee:

£7 for the first story

£5 for every additional story

Please add the title of your story and your name to the Notes when making the payment.

Please email your stories as attachments (.doc or .docx) to submissions@dreamofshadows.co.uk (one attachment per story). Make sure you use the words "Halloween Contest" in the subject line, so your email doesn't get lost in the regular submissions.

Please use the standard manuscript format  (you can download a template here).

Don't forget to include in the body of the email the genre and the approximate word count.

We accept multiple submissions.

We don't accept simultaneous submissions.

What happens next

We will announce a winner and two shortlisted stories on our website and our Facebook page.

We will try our best to respond faster to stories we haven't picked.

The winning story will be published as our monthly story on the 15th of October 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the contest, please use the Contact Us page to get in touch.

Don't forget to check the website for upcoming stories or follow us on Facebook.

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