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.
The 2017 Ghost Story Competition is now closed. The shortlist and winners will be announced on our website and in our email newsletter on Thursday, 30th March.
The Newcomer Prize is currently open for entries, with a deadline of 31 May 2017. You can find more information on this competition here.
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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.