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Monday’s Child

We at Horror Scribes love flash fiction as much as we love horror.  So we want to take the mundane and get YOU to turn it into something horrific, twisted or just plain weird.



The Theme

We want writers to take inspiration and interpret the following famous nursery rhyme.  

Monday’s child is fair of face,

Tuesday’s child is full of grace,

Wednesday’s child is full of woe,

Thursday’s child has far to go,

Friday’s child works hard for a living,

Saturday’s child is loving and giving,

But the child who is born on the Sabbath day

Is fair and wise and good in every way.

Remember: it has to be horror and must reflect the theme of the day you are writing about according to the nursery rhyme, whether it’s expressed, implied or installed into the reader’s mind.

The length

Max 300 words

Min 200 words

The Guidelines

  • Entries cost £1 total*, payable via PayPal on this page (please quote the first line of your story/ies in the comments section).
  • Stories must not go over the prescribed word limit.
  • Stories received after the close of the submission window may not be considered.
  • Writers can submit a story for each ‘day’ if they wish, but no more than one per ‘day’.
  • Winners will be announced within two weeks of the end of the submission period.
  • Absolutely no porn/S&M/child abuse.
  • Entrants must be 18 and over.
  • All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final.
  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules.
  • Contest rules are subject to change.

*You can enter as many stories as you want for £1!

The Prize

**Due to the number of high quality submissions we have received so far, we have decided to offer a monetary prize of £15 to the best story overall chosen from the final seven.**

The seven winners will also have their stories printed onto a quality postcard and will receive 1 FREE copy to use as they wish. As we are a not-for-profit site, all the entry money will go towards producing the postcards.  And of course we will rave and rant about the winners on social media too!

The Deadline

The last date of submission will be midnight on Saturday 17th September 2016.

 Winners

Congratulations to all of our winners!  We had some great entries in and it was a challenge to choose our favourite seven!  We hope that everyone enjoyed taking part.

MondaySilvia Di Bonaventura

Tuesday– Sue Dawes

Wednesday– Barbara Hughes-Moore

Thursday– O J Gwyne

Friday-Sherry Morris

Saturday– Alan

Sunday-B.T. Schweitzer

Overall winner- Barbara Hughes-Moore

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Dante’s Inferno

The Theme

The theme of our micro fiction competition is Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell. We want writers to submit their stories with their circle of choice in mind.  The word limit gets shorter as the circles become smaller.

The Circles

The following are the circles and their respective word count limits. Writers should aim to get as close to the word limit as possible, but not over it. Remember; the story must in some way reflect the circle.

Limbo- 200 words

Lust- 180 words

Gluttony- 160 words

Greed- 140 words

Anger- 120 words

Heresy- 100 words

Violence- 80 words

Fraud- 60 words

Treachery- 40 words

The Deadline

Once we have enough submissions for each circle we will close the competition, review all eligible stories and shortlist up to 3 stories for each circle.   We will then review all shortlisted stories and select the winners of each category.

Update

DEADLINE FOR FINAL SUBMISSIONS: FRIDAY 25th MARCH 1PM (GMT)

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: MONDAY 28th MARCH 1PM (GMT)

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 1st APRIL 1PM (GMT)

The Prize

The nine winners will have their stories printed onto a quality postcard and will receive 2 FREE copies to use as they wish. We can’t offer any monetary payment but we will rave and rant about them on social media.  Further prints will be available at £2.69 per postcard inc. p&p so that if 2 aren’t enough, the winner won’t have to choose who gets a copy between their granny and their best friend.  We don’t want to upset anyone after all!

The Guidelines

  • Stories must not go over the prescribed word limit.
  • Stories received after the close of the submission window may not be considered.
  • Writers can submit a story for each circle if they wish, but no more than one per circle.
  • We will not correct typos or grammar.
  • Winners will be announced within two weeks of the end of the submission period.
  • All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final.
  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules.
  • Contest rules are subject to change.

The Reason

This is a FREE to enter competition.  The staff at Horror Scribes are running this competition and incurring all costs themselves, that’s how much we love the written word.  If you would like to order some Fright Cards please see below. We are a not for profit organisation and the prices are calculated to cover our costs.

The Shortlist

The names below are the list from which we will choose our final nine winners.  Some authors have been shortlisted for more than one circle.

Lee, Kim Glover, Nina Lindmark Lié, Wiebo Grobler, Soniya Rajput, Naomi Finaipri, Paul Goodenough, David Wing, Izabela Jeremus, Michelle Crosby, Kim Jeremus, Shannon Carlson, Abi Love, Jamie McCoard, Penelope Avey.

Well done to to everyone who submitted. We thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your stories.

Final nine will be announced on Friday 1st April-no joke 😀

The Winners

Limbo-Lee Hayden

Lust- Soniya Rajput

Gluttony- Wiebo Grobler

Greed- Kim Glover

Anger- Michelle Crosby

Heresy- Izabela Jeremus

Violence- David J. Wing

Fraud- Shannon Carlson

Treachery- Abi Love

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