Comp Schedule

From 2018 the Horror Scribes flash fiction contest will always be open for entries. The above are the important dates for the flash fiction contests throughout the year.  Entries must be received before midnight UK time at the end of the closing date shown.  We will also publish submitted stories we liked, possibly argued over but essentially felt they deserved an ‘honourable mention’. Below are further details on the themes of each comp.

Deadline: Midnight at the end of the respective month (eg. the Trapped Flash deadline will be 31st March 2018).

Shortlist announced and Winner announced: 11am on the first day and last day of respective month (eg. for Trapped Flash this will be 1st May and 31st May respectively).

Entry Fee: £3 (payable via PayPal on the submission page). Your entry fee covers up to two submissions.

Terms of entry:

  • 300 words max using our theme (where applicable) as inspiration
  • Horror and all sub-genres* of it will be considered
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age
  • Work must be original and previously unpublished.  Simultaneous subs are accepted
  • If possible please give your story a title
  • The PayPal reference must be quoted at the time of submission
  • Author retains full copyright

*eg. dark fantasy, gothic, splatter, supernatural, psychological, sci-fi, etc.

The Prizes

First prize: £100 cash (paid via PayPal).

Runner up: Horror Scribes Mug

All winners will be published on the blog together with originally created artwork.

Guest judges may be invited to make the final decision.

The Themes

Trapped Flash

Coffins, lifts, cars, under the floorboards and even in our own heads. The thought of being trapped in a confined space terrifies the many and hasn’t been used, in our opinion, as much as it could be in horror writing. We want you to write 300 words using this theme as your inspiration: set the scene, where ever that might be, but make us feel like we’re there with you and the associated abject terror that comes with being in an inescapable situation.


Open – no theme!

Up to you! Write about whatever takes your fancy, just remember to scare or creep us out in 300 words! Launching on 1st April.  Submissions open until 30th June 2018.  Early bird entry fee until 30th April £3, £4.50 thereafter.

Urban Legends

More details on the theme coming in June.

Twisted History 

More details on the theme coming  in September.