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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?


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!