Paranormal Underground magazine is holding its 3rd Annual Short Story Contest. If you are a writer of fiction, love to write about the paranormal, and would like to see your story published in one of our upcoming issues, then this contest is for you!
The contest is open to members AND nonmembers of www.paranormalunderground.net. Fiction themes may include paranormal, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and spiritual. Contest rules include:
• Stories due by August 15, 2010.
• Stories must be a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 3,000 words (submissions under 1,000 words and over 3,000 words will not be considered eligible for the contest).
• All submitted works must not have been previously published.
• If you are submitting artwork and/or photos to accompany your fiction, please site the source of the artwork/photos.
• Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first-place winner will be published in our October issue. We will be awarding prizes for 1st through 5th place as follows:
• First Place: Publication in Paranormal Underground Magazine; a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder; and the option to take part in an upcoming “Paranormal Underground Presents” podcast.
• Second Place: Choice of shirt from Paranormal Underground’s Gear Store and possible publication in Paranormal Underground Magazine.
• Third Place: Any book listed in Paranormal Underground’s Bookstore (valued at $25 or less) and possible publication in Paranormal Underground Magazine.
• Fourth & Fifth Places: Paranormal Underground bumper sticker and possible publication in Paranormal Underground magazine.
Our judges will be announced in a future issue. Judging criteria includes:
• Story originality
• Paranormal theme creativity
• Text fluidity
Submissions will be compiled and sent to the judges by the editor-in-chief, and all judges will not know who wrote each submission until after judging is completed and scores are tabulated by the editor-in-chief. Winners will be announced based on a ranking system, which will be compiled from first to last place.
When e-mailing your submission to the editor, also include your name, story title, e-mail address, word count, and illustrations/photos, if any. Please spell-check your entries and ensure that they are print-ready. We reserve the right to edit all fiction published in the magazine, but will obtain each author’s approval prior to publication.
If you have any questions regarding the contest, please e-mail email@example.com. Last year we had a great response, and we hope to see even more writers join us in our 3rd Annual Short Story Contest.