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AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition

AHWA Competition

The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2016. 

Image: J. Ashley Smith, AHWA Short Fiction Winner for 2015


We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia's leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.

- Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator




There are two categories for submission:

Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.

Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.

ENTRY FEE
AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID: ahwa (at) australianhorror.com

ENTRY DETAILS
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to: ctrost (at) hotmail.com

The email subject should follow the format:
"AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author" or "AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author"

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn't the kind of horror we're after!

JUDGES
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2016.

1. Joseph Ashley Smith (2015 short story winner)
2. Zoe Downing (2015 flash fiction winner)
3. Lee Murray (award-winning speculative fiction writer, editor, judge)

Competition closes 31st May 2016.
Winners will be announced on this page in late June or early July.

Contact ctrost (at) hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

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