Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story.
This year, our ghost story competition has a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.
The competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.
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The 2016 competition is now open for entries, with a deadline of Thursday, 31st March, 2016. Entry costs £8, and stories should be submitted through our form here.
Note: what counts as a ghost story?
'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, so feel free to experiment: we're very unlikely to disqualify a story for stretching the definition of a "ghost". Keep in mind that our general readership (and by extension our judge) may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than in-your-face gore.