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You Were Warned!

We told you that on the Solstice we’d be publishing the winner of The Summer 2017 Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition, along with two honorable mentions. Well, that time is upon us, and all three stories are now available to give you a chilling summertime reading experience. Enjoy.

As for our fall Fiction Award . . . it opens for submissions on August 7, with a deadline of September 30, and Halloween publication for the winners. As with our summer contest, cash prizes are $1,000 for the winner, as well as $250 and $100 for the Honorable Mention and Second Honorable Mention, respectively. Click here for complete guidelines.


The Latest Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award Winners Will Be Published On The Summer Solstice

One way we celebrate the solstice around here is by announcing—and publishing—the best supernatural stories submitted to our biannual fiction contest. The choice usually is hard, because, with a $1,000 cash prize offered to the winner, we draw well over ten dozen terrific tales from all around the globe each time we run the event. Inevitably, however, a handful rise to the top, making us catch our breath either through surprise, by encouraging us to think about life and death from an unfamiliar perspective, or with the sheer beauty of their writing. We’re delighted to say that this season’s overall winner manages to achieve all three of these effects at once—it’s a real treat.

So, if you enjoy starting your summer with a delightful chill, be sure to revisit The Ghost Story website on June 21, when our new fiction winners will be posted. And if you just can’t wait until then for a a few of the best contemporary supernatural stories the world has to offer, why not get a head start by reading our past winners?

Illustration: Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Titania and Bottom, by Edwin Landseer (1802-1873)


Hounds Howl At A Ghost. Illustration: Henryk Weyssenhoff 1893

Submissions To The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award Are Due By April 30

Submissions to our biannual fiction contest, with cash awards of $1,000, $250, and $100, continue to pour in from all over the world! The winners will be published here on the summer solstice. If you’re planning on entering, you need to submit your story via our online submission system by the end of April. You’ll find the submissions link, as well as full guidelines to our contest, on our Guidelines page.

Good luck!


Ghost In The Woods. Illustration: The Real Estreya

Edgar Award Winning Novelist Takes First Honors In The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition


Mindy McGinnis is the winner of the 2017 Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition and the contest’s $300 cash prize for her sudden fiction piece, “Solitude.” In 2016, McGinnis won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for her young adult novel, A Madness So Discreet. The Edgar Awards are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.

First Honorable Mention and a $100 cash award went to Daniel Soule, an Englishman living in Northern Ireland, for his story, “The Lostling.”

Second Honorable Mention, with a $50 prize, was taken by Emma Murtagh, of Galway, Ireland, for “Tongues.”

The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition is for supernatural stories of 1,000 or fewer words. Our next fiction contest is The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award, for which we begin accepting submissions on February 15, 2017. Prizes are $1,000, $250, and $100 for full-length short stories of between 1.500 and 10,000 words. Good luck!