In association with Bristol Festival of Literature, Bristol Horrorcon, Bristol Book Blog and Far Horizons magazine are launching a Horror Writing Competition. Closing to entries on 5th September.
Do you think you can scare us? Then get scribbling. We are looking for the best Horror short stories. We want shivers down our spines, we want to be disturbed, we want you to confront us with your, and our, worst nightmares.
Your story must be set in Bristol UK, it must be 4,000 words or less and it must be Horror. Apart from that go wild.
Stories should be sent to BRSBKBLOG (at) gmail.com with the subject line – “I think this will scare you: story title: your name”. Stories will be judged anonymously by the editorial team at Far Horizons so please don’t put your name in the file. Please send as .doc, .docx or .rtf in a readable font, 12 point, in English with UK spelling. Far Horizons is set up to help beginning writers improve and if your story doesn’t make it to the shortlist, and you’d like feedback as to why, and some constructive criticism then please contact us after the winners are announced.
The top three stories will be published in Far Horizons November Issue and also win fabulous prizes kindly donated by PS Publishing (lots of book goodies from their catalogue) and Forbidden Planet
Winners will be announced at Horrorcon on the 17th October.
Bristol Horror Con will take place on Saturday 17th October 2015 at the Future Inn, Bristol. The expo will celebrate horror in literature, film, music, games and art. The day celebrates horror across all mediums and will feature guests, traders, games, cosplay competition, a film screening, sfx demo and more!
Bristol Festival of Literature is a programme of events and performances celebrating fiction (novels, short stories and flash fiction) with some poetry and Bristol-based non-fiction. We do this in three ways: We inspire audiences by inviting the very best UK and International authors to perform here; we engage communities with each other through creative-word events for interest groups and neighbourhoods; and we equip writers at all levels from beginner to professional with masterclasses, showcase events and routes to publishing. It’s about igniting audiences with the passion and power of entertaining, soul-searching and original writing, at a time when it is needed most. We love irrepressible creativity and dissenting voices. That’s why we call it ‘Unputdownable’.
PS Publishing was conceived and created by award-winning writer Pete Crowther in 1998, since which time the imprint has put out some 600 titles, working with the very best writers of fantasy, horror and SF, both fiction and non-fiction. Picking up more than twenty awards along the way, the company has added a poetry imprint (Stanza Press), a pot pourri of newer talents (Showcase), an imprint dedicated to the classic fiction of days gone by (PulpS), a line of trade and mass market paperbacks (Drugstore Indian Press) and the critically acclaimed Artbooks line celebrating and reprinting the much loved horror and SF comicbooks of the 1940s and 50s. Considered for some time to be the biggest small press in the country (picking up the British Fantasy Society’s Best Small Press Award for seven straight years until Pete removed the company from further consideration) PS is now the UK’s most successful genre publisher and a world leader in the field.
FAR HORIZONS is a FREE monthly eMagazine, brought about from a simple idea to let unpublished, thinly published and self-published writers and artists showcase their work to the World .The first issue (no. 1 April 2014) was released on the 17th of April, 2014. Far Horizons welcomes submissions for short works and art – check out the magazine on Joomag or Facebook for details.
Forbidden Planet is the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer and the largest UK stockist of the latest comics and graphic novels. We specialise in selling action figures, books, comics, DVDs, graphic novels and toys and we offer all the best merchandise from the cult cream of movies and television. We have exciting stores in many major UK cities, including our famous London Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue and Megastores in Bristol and Southampton. To find a store near you, please use our Store Locator.
Bristol Book Blog (BRSBKBLOG) is the blog of Bristol writer Pete Sutton and includes reviews, interviews and guest posts from writers and publishers and the occasional book giveaway.
Bristol Horrorcon writing competition is open to all writers over the age of 16
3 stories will be chosen for publication in Far Horizons Magazine
The winners will be announced on 17/10/2015 at Bristol Horrorcon and on BRSBKBLOG website.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style but must be set in Bristol UK and must be in the Horror Genre.
All entries must be received by Midnight on Saturday 5th September 2015
There is no minimum word count for this competition.
Please read the rules carefully before entering.
Closing date for receipt of entries is 5th September at midnight BST.
Entries must be made via email to BRSBKBLOG(at)Gmail.com with the subject line – “I think this will scare you: story title: your name”. Stories will be judged anonymously by the editorial team at Far Horizons so please don’t put your name in the file. Please send as .doc, .docx or .rtf in a readable font, 12 point, in English with UK spelling.
There is no entry fee but each entrant may only enter one story.
Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won or been shortlisted in another writing competition. Any entry found to not follow this rule or to have been plagiarised will be disqualified.
Entries will be judged anonymously with no details of who the author is on the entry itself. The accompanying email must clearly identify who’s work the entry is.
All entrants must agree to have their work published in Far Horizons November Issue in e- format with Far Horizon owning first electronic publication rights. All other rights are retained by the author. All work submitted assumes that the Creator agrees to grant to the Publisher permission to include the Work in Far Horizons Magazine. This use of the Work pertains to non-exclusive rights, in the English language, to publish the Work, in Electronic and Print-On-Demand formats.The Creator retains copyright of the Work; the Publisher retains copyright of the Magazine. Copyright credit will be listed in all editions. The Creator warrants that he or she is the author and sole owner of the Work, that it is original and contains no matter unlawful in its content, that it does not violate the rights of any third party, and that the Work is not in the public domain.Creators will have approval of all edits and proofs before publication, and may provide a short biography to be included in the magazine.The parties involved (the Publisher and the Creator) acknowledge that each has read and understood this contract.
Entries will be read by a judging panel consisting of the editorial team of Far Horizons. The judging panel will select the 3 prize winning stories. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges will not comment on individual storiesnor give feedback on individual stories unless otherwise requested.
Prizes will be awarded at the Bristol Horror Con on 17th October 2015 and will be posted to any of the finalists who are unable to attend on the evening or pick up prizes. Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for publication. The list of prize-winners will be displayed on BRSBKBLOG website within 24 hours of the announcement at Bristol HorrorCon and winners will be notified by email.
Entry implies an acceptance of all the competition rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.