Finding Something Friday on Spinetinglers Contest

There’s just something about October that really gets my spooky senses tingling. It could be that whole Halloween thing. It could be that the Beneficent Mr. Hall takes to the couch during football season and turns into a kind of bubbling mass, indistinguishable from the cushions. Whatever.

The point is, my fingers are itching to write something creepy. And I found the perfect site to send my macabre masterpiece: Spinetinglers (Woooooooooo-ooooooo).

Each month, Spinetinglers sponsors a contest (no entry fee!) and chooses the top five stories (prize money!) and then showcases them on their website (publication credit!) They seem to be especially keen on guy writers (Four out of the last five winners were men. Although Tony could be a girl, I guess. Or an alien…).

Anyway, I know quite a few women writers who can scare the bejiminies out of me. With their stories, I mean. I’m sure their stories would scare you, too. So I really hope they submit a few to Spinetinglers and help us women represent. As I plan to do, as soon as I think up a hot mess of a horror story (Woooooooo-oooooo).

6 thoughts on “Finding Something Friday on Spinetinglers Contest

  1. The Spinetinglers Competition is a rolling competition. The deadline each month is the 15th – submission received on the 16th go into the next month – ie. entries received between the 16th of February and the 15th of March are judged against each other and the winners published on the 1st of April.Prizes1st Place £100.00 GBP plus Certificate and guaranteed inclusion in a future Spinetinglers Anthology – one printed each year.2nd Place £50.00 GBP 3rd Place £25.00 GBP4th Place £25.00 GBP5th Place £25.00 GBPThe prize money is listed in GBP (British Pounds) but winners will receive the equivalent amount in their local currency.There is no entry feeMaximum word count is 5,000 (but if you go over to 5,500 – shh! We won't tell – we know how difficult it is to get the story finished) However we've had winners with stories of less than 1,000 words – shortest winner to date 480 wordsCriteria – it can be horror, dark fiction, supernatural, otherworldly or the stuff of myth and legend – it doesn't need to be "scary" but if it's not it does need to have an otherworldly element.Submissions – online through the website or submission by emailApart from that – loads of luck and thanks for the mention. Jodi

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