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CONTEST SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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Join us for our current contest and keep updated on upcoming contests by visiting 2016 Contests


IT IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! 
OUR FAMOUS HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY CONTEST 

Contest Opens:     Saturday September 3, 2016

There may also be one or more winner selected for the Editor's Choice Award and one or more winner may be selected as an Honorable Mention

All first place winners are eligible to win the annual Edward Bulwer-Lytton Award, awarded in May of each year.
 

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HALLOWEEN SHORT STORY CONTEST                                               

 


CONTEST GUIDELINES AND SUBMISSIONS


Contestants will be challenged with horrifying readers with their own version of SOMETHING WICKED.  In fact, somewhere in the story contestants must use the phrase Something wicked this way comes.

Word count is 5,000, but please make sure you read all of the word count/submission guidelines below.

There may also be one or more winner selected for the Editor's Choice Award and one or more winner may be selected as an Honorable Mention

All first place winners are eligible to win the annual Edward Lytton - Bulwar Award, awarded in May of each year.
                       

There is a $2 Entry Fee for this contest

Submissions: submissions@blackinkcontests.com

 

WORD COUNT AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Story Word Count should not exceed 5,000 words.  This word count will not include your name, title of the story, or any other information requested by the contest (such as home address, phone number, etc.)

Words Counts slightly under 5,000 will be considered; anything over 5,000 will be disqualified
Stories should be copied and pasted directly into email


Absolutely NO attachments will be opened or considered.  Entry's with attachments are immediately disqualified
 

  INTERNATIONAL CONTESTANTS -
You must have a valid PayPal account to receive your prize winnings. There will be no exceptions made, and your winning title and prize(s) may be forfeited if you do not have a valid PayPal account for prize payment.

 

                                                                                               

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author information should be at the very end of the story.  Author information should include:

There is a $2 Entry Fee for this contest

Submissions: submissions@blackinkcontests.com


CONTEST PRACTICES

Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished

Black Ink Contests retains nonexclusive publication rights to all winning entries

If selected, your work may be subject to minor editing

By submitting to Black Ink Contests, you are agreeing to be placed on our mailing list.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If you withdraw your submission, the entry fee, if there is one,  is not returned.

This contest does not accept children's stories

International submissions in English are welcome - *see International contestant/PayPal rule

Close friends and family of the finalist judges, Connie Irons and Angeline Walsh, are not eligible to compete. Black Ink Contests is committed to maintaining the integrity of all online contest rules and guidelines.  Judges will recuse themselves from considering any manuscript if they recognize the author. In the event of recusal, a manuscript previously assigned as a semifinalist by the editor of Black Ink Contests will be submitted to an impartial third party for judging

The best way to understand the work we publish is to read a Recent Winner or peruse the Archives

It should go without saying, but any manuscript found to be plagiarized will be immediately disqualified


What is the Edward Bulwer-Lytton Award?

The Edward Bulwer-Lytton Award is awarded to literary artists that best exemplify originality, creative writing skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. It is an award dedicated to Creative Fiction authors. It is not a physical award, but rather a certificate of recognition.

Receiving this kind of literary award will greatly impact your author bio as you move forward in your writing career.


ABOUT OUR 2016 JUDGES

Connie Irons supports a creative writing blog, Fictional Black Ink, and has published non-fiction journalistic pieces for The Examiner as well as fiction articles for several magazines. Her latest endeavors include two separate novels, one of which is now under market.

Angeline Walsh is a writer and filmmaker.  Her first film, "21st Century Spectacle", won Best First Feature at the L-Dub Film Festival.  Her new film, "A Murder Party" is currently in production.  See the rest of her work at ANGELINE PRODUCTIONS.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Editor: contactconnie@blackinkcontests.com
Submissions: submissions@blackinkcontests.com

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