Monday, July 18, 2011

Contest Information for 2011

I'm hoping this contest will happen once per season, each announced after the close of the previous. Since this one is the first one, there is no previous contest, so let's just jump right into it!

THE THEME: The Cthulhu Mythos and the work of H.P. Lovecraft

THE CONTEST: Please take on one of the following story challenges:
1. A paranormal romance short story set in the Cthulhu mythos and NOT featuring vampires. Have fun with this one. Think Deep Ones or Yog-Sothoth.
2. A zombie/ghost/vampire short story piece in which you capably imitate the narrative voice of H.P. Lovecraft, though which has nothing to do with the Cthulhu mythos.
3. Any story set in the Dreamlands. (review your Dreamlands stories before you write this one)
4. A story involving someone going insane in the Lovecraftian tradition. (Please make this one stand out. It's too easy to be boring with something like this) (cannot win first prize)
5. Five separate horror flash fictions of any horror theme (only one has to be Lovcraftian) (cannot win first prize).

PRIZE: Yes, you will be paid! If you win! The first place will be paid $25, and second and third will be paid $10. All stories that are winning stories will be included in our seasonal e-zine publication, so you can also expect tiny compensation for that as well.

DEADLINE: September 1st, 2011

HOW TO SEND: Please e-mail to me at and make sure your subject line reads "CONTEST SUBMISSION: (title of story)"
You may submit more than one entry, and it is possible to get two works published in the quarterly!


  1. Wow this looks like a lot of fun to me. I'd say giving us so many choices is er...choice. I might just have to give it a go.

    Michael D. Griffiths

  2. Yeah, I'm going to keep promoting this every day because I want people to give it a try. I hope you do go for it!

  3. This is a very cool contest and excellent job with the categories. Any horror writer influenced by Lovecraft (which should be ALL horror writers) will have fun with this one!

    Chad Brown

  4. It will be a different theme every time. Maybe next season it'll be all about splatterpunk or perhaps creature horror, or it may get as abstract as a single word, for example "tentacles" or "amputation", and just see what people can come up with.