For flash fiction pieces of between 250 and 1,000 words that contain a supernatural theme or element. Winner will receive $500 and publication on The Ghost Story website as well as in our upcoming paperbound anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories: Volume II. Two honorable mentions receive $100 plus print and online publication. Deadline is January 31, and the winner and honorable mentions will be announced and published on February 14. 


As with The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award for full length stories, in our flash fiction competition we’re seeking the finest work we can find that incorporates the uncanny. Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. What we’re looking for is superb writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition.


Multiple entries are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are OK—but we cannot accept previously published material. Click SUBMIT to register and upload your story. 

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