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The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition

IMPORTANT UPDATE 1/6/18: TGS is delighted to announce that in addition to the cash awards and publication on our website, winners and honorable mentions in the 2018 Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition will be included the paperbound anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories, scheduled for August, 2018 publication by Wyrd Harvest Press (Durham, U.K.). Cheers!

The 2018 flash fiction contest is now open for submissions. The 2017 winners are still available for your reading enjoyment.


Each year TGS will award $300 and publication on The Ghost Story website to the first-place winner of our Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition. In addition, one honorable mention winner and one second honorable mention winner will receive $100 and $50 respectively, along with publication. Our annual opening date is December 15, our recurring deadline is January 31, and the winning stories will always be published on February 14.

Entry fee is $10. We will begin accepting flash fiction pieces of between 250 and 1,000 words via our online submission system in December.

GUIDELINES: As with The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award, in our flash fiction competition we’re seeking the finest work we can find that incorporates an uncanny element. 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.

Further information about the editor and publisher of TGS is available here.

Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions are permitted. However, we do not accept stories that have been published previously or that are scheduled for publication elsewhere. Further questions? Contact us by e-mail.

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