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The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition for Summer 2020 is now OPEN to submissions! Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of
The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition for Summer 2020 is now OPEN to submissions!
Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of our short story competition.
Our competition typically draws around 200 submissions from all around the world. The winning stories are selected by the editors of The Ghost Story, and contest winners have included writers with a long history of publishing their work and/or winning awards, as well as writers who have never before published a story.
Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. What we’re looking for is fine writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises in the field of supernatural fiction. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition. If you would like us to consider publishing your story even if you do not win an Award or an Honorable Mention, let us know in your cover letter.
Entry fee is $20 per story. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions are permitted. We do not accept stories that have been published previously or that are scheduled for publication elsewhere. Please submit all entries via the link at the top of this page.