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24 Jan 2018

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2018

The Fiction Desk is an independent publisher of new short stories.
Most of the stories published at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but they do stray outside that from time to time: some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that they particularly like to feature is the ghost story. Their annual ghost story competition helps to find the best new supernatural fiction to share with the readers.
‘Ghost story’ can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome. But participants should keep in mind that the general readership (and by extension the judge) may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than in-your-face gore.




  • First prize of £500
  • Second prize of £250
  • Third prize of £100
  • All published authors will also receive two printed copies of the anthology in which their work appears


  • To enter, participants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry (there is no upper age limit)
  • Authors previously published by The Fiction Desk are eligible to enter this competition, but are not eligible to receive first prize
  • All stories must be written in English and be entirely the author’s own work
  • Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length. Longer or shorter entries will be disqualified
  • Entries must not have been published elsewhere in print or digital form, including online
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but should a story be accepted for publication elsewhere, the author agrees to inform The Fiction Desk Ltd, and the story will be withdrawn from the competition, in which case no refund of the entry fee will be given. No illustrations are permitted
  • Any entries for which payment has not been received before 8 February 2018 will be disqualified
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but to ensure a varied selection of winners, no author may receive a prize for more than one story
Eligible Regions: Open for all

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