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Halloween Contest 2019


Theme: Brexit
Submissions for this year's contest are now

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We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English.

The theme is Brexit. You might have heard of it. It just happens to fall on the 31st of October. How could we resist?

But to be clear, we don't want stories about Brexit. We're not interested in politics, and we're sure our readers aren't either. Rather, we want stories inspired by all aspects of Brexit. This could be a child trying to leave his/her sewer-dwelling parents or community; it could be one half of the vampire clans fighting the other or elves afraid of too many dwarves coming into the realm.

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 future email newsletters) 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:

£10 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 "Brexit 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. Please also include a short sentence or two about what aspect of Brexit inspired you to write this story.

We accept multiple submissions.

We don't accept simultaneous submissions.

What happens next

We will announce a winner and three shortlisted stories on the 30th of September 2019 on our website and our Facebook page.

We understand that this is a long time to be waiting for a response, especially without being able to submit anywhere else. 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 2019.

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.