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New Ghost Stories III

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The 2018 edition of the ghost story competition is open now for entries.

Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we do 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. Our annual ghost story competition helps us to find the best new supernatural fiction to share with our readers.

How to Enter

This year there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100. The deadline is Wednesday, 31 January 2018, and entry costs £8 per story. The competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.

To read the full terms of entry, or to enter the competition, please visit the online entry form. After completing your entry, you will be able to pay the fee by credit card or PayPal.

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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 previous winners and shortlisted stories. Winners from the last two years have been collected in our new anthology, New Ghost Stories III, which is out now.

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