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The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2015

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.

To enter

The winners have now been announced for the 2015 competition, and can be found on our blog here.

The competition will open again for entries towards the end of the year. 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.

You might find it helpful or inspiring to read previous winners and shortlisted stories, collected in our anthologies New Ghost Stories and New Ghost Stories II.