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Mildred Anne Butler (1858-1941), Shades of Evening, 1904

The Fall 2017 Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award Competition Is Currently Open For Submissions

As always, our fall contest for full-length short stories features cash awards of $1,000, $250, and $100, as well as publication on Halloween for the winner and two Honorable Mentions. In addition, all three stories will be custom-illustrated by British artist and Folk Horror Revival founder Andy Paciorek.

If you’re thinking of entering a story or two in the contest, you’ll want to read our complete guidelines. And of course you’ll also want to have a look at the previous winners to get an idea of what we’re looking for, and to get a gauge of the competition.

Have fun, and good luck!


“Kikimora” by Andy Paciorek

New: Custom Illustrations For the Winning Stories!

We will begin accepting submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition in just a few days, on August 7. You’ll find our complete contest guidelines and submission instructions on the contest page. You might also want to read our previous winners.

Once again, we’re offering a cash award of $1,000 to the author of the winning story, and additional cash awards of $250 and $100 for Honorable mention and Second Honorable Mention, respectively. We’ll also publish all three stories on Halloween, right here on The Ghost Story Website.

But that’s not all. While wonderful illustrations have accompanied the work of our previous winning and honorable mention writers, the art was always selected from artists’ portfolios, and not inspired specifically by the individual stories. However, starting with the fall 2017 competition, we’re making an exciting change. [click to continue…]


An Illustration For Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Painted In 1793-1794 By Swiss Artist Johann Heinrich Füssli

An Interview With The Ghost Story

Duotrope, a website that lists literary publications and competitions that are open to submissions, just published an interview with TGS. If you’re thinking of entering our Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition, which opens August 7 and offers the winner publication on Halloween and a cash award of $1,000, the interview will tell you a lot about what we look for, and how we make our decisions. Here’s a link.


Thoughtful, Poignant—And No Jump Scares

Sure, it’s scary—it’s a ghost story, after all. But if early reviews are accurate, A Ghost Story deals with the serious themes of mortality and the passage of time. A thinking person’s supernatural tale, in other words—and just the sort of thing we like to read or watch. Plus, it stars 2017 Academy Award winner for Actor in a Leading Role Casey Affleck. . .

This is one we’re planning to see in a theater rather than on the living room flat-screen. . . .

BTW, would you like to know why ghost typically are depicted as being dressed in sheets?