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.
The 2016 competition is now closed, and will reopen towards the end of 2016. The winners of this year's competition will be announced on Tuesday, 31st May.
The 2017 competition will open for entries on November 1st, 2016. Sign up for our newsletter to keep updated on this and other Fiction Desk projects.
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.