Twice each year TGS will award $1,500 and publication to the winner of our short story competition. Two other writers will receive Honorable Mentions that include publication and a $300 cash award. Winning stories and Honorable Mentions will be published on The Ghost Story website on June 1 and October 31. In addition, winning and Honorable Mention stories will be included in the paperbound anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories—Volume III which is scheduled for publication by Wyrd Harvest Press (Durham, U.K.) in 2024. The next deadline is April 30, 2022.

GUIDELINES: Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme. What we’re looking for is fine writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises in the field of supernatural fiction. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award. 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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