Deadline: September 30, 2022

Entry fee: $20

About the competition

International English-language competition for short stories incorporating a supernatural/magic realism theme or element. Cash award, Halloween online publication, and 2024 print publication in volume III of our ever-expanding anthology, “21st Century Ghost Stories.”

Two honorable mentions will receive $300 each, plus print and online publication.

Please visit our website for complete guidelines. And before submitting, read our past winners and honorable mentions to give yourself an idea of the kinds of stories that tend to be successful in our competitions.

Competition guidelines

  • 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 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 competition.
  • Submissions do NOT need to be “blind.”
  • For some tips on what we’re looking for in our winning stories, read the interview we recently did with Duotrope.
  • Further information about TGS and our competitions and publications, including some media coverage of us, is available here.
  • Read the whole guideline and enter the competition here.
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