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The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The 2014 edition of our ghost story competition is now closed! We will be announcing the winners by the end of July. Sign up for our newsletter to keep updated on this and other Fiction Desk projects.

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.

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The 2014 edition of our ghost story competition is now closed. For details of the winning entries, or 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.