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AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition

Entries for the 2015 competition will open on the 7th of January, 2015.


What We're After: Horror stories, tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in this genre will be accepted, so long as the story is professional and well written. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author. Stories can be as violent or as bloody as the storyline dictates, but those containing gratuitous sex or violence will not be considered.

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 5000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo; The Magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.

Entry Details

  • Entries Open: January 7th 2015
  • Entries Close: May 31st 2015

Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to 1 story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Prizes

The authors of the winning Flash Fiction and Short Story entries will each receive paid publication in Midnight Echo; The Magazine of the AHWA and an engraved plaque. Plus the adulation of millions.

(Legal note: your value of “millions” may vary. And “adulation”.)

Entry Details

  • AHWA Members have free entry.
  • Non-AHWA Members: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.

Secure payments can be made via PayPal using our PayPal ID (please note, this is different to the competitions email address!):

ahwa@australianhorror.com

Alternative payment options are available; please contact us at ahwacomps@australianhorror.com and we will provide appropriate details.

All entries should be submitted to ctrost (at) hotmail.com during the submissions period with AHWA Short Story Comp in the subject. 

Mail submissions will ONLY be accepted as a last resort (we would prefer electronic submissions to save the trees); please contact us before sending anything through.

Please edit your manuscripts carefully before sending them through to us; it’s amazing how much careless typos or grammatical errors can put a reader off, so don’t go shooting yourself in the foot, let the story come through unhindered!

Also, please ensure your manuscript is formatted in standard manuscript format. The best thing to do is use the RTF template provided here:

http://ahwacomps.martinlivings.com/AWHAtemplate.rtf

Stories not using this format may be discarded without being considered, so please do use this template. You’ll make our lives easier, and increase your own chances of being judged fairly.

Contact ahwacomps@australianhorror.com if you have any further questions.

2015 Judges

Three judges will be announced. 

Previous Winners