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The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition for full-length short stories on a supernatural theme is now open to submissions! If you’re ready to send us your story, please submit via our electronic submission manager—which you can access by clicking on the SUBMIT button just below. Please also review our contest guidelines and our information about prizes right below the SUBMIT button. We’re looking forward to reading your story. Good luck!


Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and publication in The Ghost Story to the winner of our short story competition. (Read our most recent award winners.)

Two other writers will receive Honorable Mention and Second Honorable Mention awards that include publication and cash prizes of $250 and $100 respectively. The winning stories will be published on Midsummer’s Eve and October 31. The upcoming deadline is September 30, 2016.

GUIDELINES: 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 fine writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises in the field of supernatural fiction. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition. If you would like us to consider publishing your story even if you do not win an Award or an Honorable Mention, let us know in your cover letter.

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

Entry fee is $20 per story. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions are permitted. We do not accept stories that have been published previously or that are scheduled for publication elsewhere. Further questions? Contact us by e-mail.