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The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The winners of our 2014 ghost story competition were announced on Friday, 15th August. The results are available here.

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The 2014 edition of our ghost story competition is now closed. For details of the 2015 edition of the competition, please sign up for our newsletter.

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.

You might find it helpful or inspiring to read last year's winner and shortlist, collected in our anthology New Ghost Stories, out now in paperback and ebook editions.