Dead of Winter
The 2008 contest is now OPEN.
Dead of Winter is a fiction contest (any genre) for stories with supernatural elements or themes. Ideally, stories should be set in autumn or winter. The most original, most haunting stories will be chosen for publication.
Details, including specific theme and length, are announced November 1.
The deadline for submissions is December 21.
Entries are blind-judged by Baker & Billiard. Decisions are final. Winners are announced January 31.
Winning stories are published in the March issue of Toasted Cheese. Winners receive Amazon gift certificates: $20 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third.
Stories submitted to the 8th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2008) should follow one* of the following themes:
* Alternative Santa
* Blood River Bridge
The word limit is 4,500 words.
The contest opens on November 1, 2008 and the deadline for submission is December 21, 2008. E-mail entries to email@example.com. Your subject line must read: Dead of Winter Contest Entry.
Post any questions you have about the contest in our DOW thread at the forums. Please do not post any part of your entry in the thread.
You may post your work for feedback at one of the critique forums but please title your post “DOW entry for feedback” or similar so that the judges don’t read it.
Be sure to (1) set your story in winter (2) write using supernatural elements or motifs (make our spines tingle, make us hesitate to turn out the lights, etc.) and (3) use one* of the themes provided.
*You are welcome to use more than one of the themes in your story (for example, you could write a story about a ventriloquist and set it in Alaska) but you must use at least one of them and make it strong enough so that we know which theme you’re focusing on.
Only ONE entry PER AUTHOR, not one entry per theme.