Contest – 2020-Flash-05 – Scary

Over 110 Story Submissions

31 Stories selected for the Shortlist and Amazon Kindle book

The unexpected twist, the horrifying reveal—that’s “Scary” to us. So much of the success of a Scary story lies in the careful preparation, the creation of an ordinary world that can then be invaded by—who knows what?  Other criteria used to select the winners included enticing opening, descriptive writing, literary devices, consistency, excellent use of vocabulary without being verbose, inferred background, and “twist” or eerie feeling at the end. We also value the poetic, the expressive, the unusual.  This month’s stories make clear how very many ways the “Scary” scenario can draw us in, unsuspecting, and then set our hair on end.  All of these stories play out boo-tifully!  😉
~ Voice-Team
Congratulations to the writers whose stories made the shortlist!
  • If two stories were equally good, the one with an image was selected.
  • All selected stories were formatted and edited for publishing in our Amazon Kindle book.
  • Voice.club Staff will select the Grand Winner from the shortlist.
  • Public voting will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners.
  • Check your My Account page to watch your likes and credits accumulate!
  • There’s a like button at the bottom of each story.  Each “like” = 1 vote.
  • Each selected story has its own link to share on social media.
  • Encourage your friends, family, and fans, to vote for your story.
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  • Grand Prize (Staff Pick) – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • First prize (Public Voting) – $25 Amazon Gift Card
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2020-Flash-05 – “Scary”

In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re moving into the “shank of the year”, when the temperatures start cooling down, the days are shorter and we start thinking of … Halloween!  It’s time to have some fun!
For our current “Flash Fiction” contest, we invite you to write a story with a Halloween theme.  Ghosts, ghouls, the macabre or mysterious, the supernatural or spooky – all are welcome! Your story can be frightening, funny, nostalgic, whimsical – whatever aspect of this popular holiday appeals to you.  As September turns to October, we’ll be sharing last year’s crop of Scary stories from our ZenGarden folks, to put you in the mood.
Good luck!

Double-check your story against the rules below, and make all corrections BEFORE you send!  Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.

Ensure your entry follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Include some reference to a Halloween theme

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