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The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition

It’s now time for another Ghost Story Awards contest. On December 15, The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition opens for submissions. Short-short stories of between 250 and 1,000 words will be eligible for cash prizes of $300, $100, and $50, as well as Valentine’s Day publication on The Ghost Story Website.

You might remember that last year’s winner was Mindy McGinnis, who also won a 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for her novel, A Madness So Discreet. You can read Mindy’s story, “Solitude,” as well as the two stories that won honorable mentions in our flash-fiction contest, right here.

And you can click right here for guidelines to our 2018 contest. Good luck!


Illustration by Andy Paciorek

Our Fall Short Story Competition

It’s Halloween, which means that it’s time to announce (and publish) the Winner and two Honorable Mentions in the fall 2017 Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award contest. The winner received a $1,000 cash award, and the Honorable Mention and Second Honorable Mention received $250 and $100 respectively. All three were custom illustrated by British artist Andy Paciorek, and all are now available for your reading pleasure.

We will begin accepting submissions to our spring 2018 competition in mid February. But don’t forget that The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition—for short-short stories of under a thousand words—begins in mid December. We’ll post an announcement on our home page in a few weeks. Meanwhile, click here for complete guidelines.



The winners of the fall, 2017 Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award are on their way. As aways, we’ll be revealing them, and publishing them, right here on Halloween, complete with custom artwork by British illustrator Andy Paciorek.

This time around, we received a record number of submissions—almost 200 in all. If you entered, regardless of whether you won, or didn’t win, thank you for your submission, and you’ll be hearing from us soon.


For A Signed Copy . . .

My new haunted novel, American Ghost, is available in most of the usual online places—and even, perhaps, in your local bookstore. For a good description of the book combined with a professional, objective review, check out what Sam Reader at Barnes & Noble thought about American Ghost. And Keep scrolling through this post for my publisher’s “official” description as well as some comments from other writers.

A few Ghost Story readers have asked about signed copies (thank you!), so I’ve set up an easy way to order one. Step one is to click on the Paypal button below to pay for it. It’s a quick process with a credit card, and $20 covers the cost of the hardcover book, plus shipping to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. (Sorry, overseas friends—postage for you folks is prohibitive. But Amazon will work for an unsigned copy. . . .)

Step two is to shoot me a quick e-mail at Editor@TheGhostStory.com and tell me how you’d like me to inscribe your book: Your name, or your friend’s, perhaps a brief message . . . If you just want my signature, however, then you can skip the e-mail part. I’ll just sign, and send.

As for the publisher’s description, which you’ll also find on the book jacket:

“An inventive metafictional novel, in which a drug-dealing biker must solve his own murder from beyond the grave. [click to continue…]