Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition

2018 WINNERS

The winners of the 2018 Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition have been announced!

Short Story winner – Renee De Vissor for Keep Them Close and;

Flash winner – Hari Navarro for The Nymph

Judges’ comments:

On Keep Them Close:

“Great suspension of mood, allied to a genuinely creepy premise. Built tension well, and left questions unanswered, which contributed to the overall sense of horror. The author showed restraint and didn’t say more than was necessary for the story, resulting in lean, tight, prose. A clear winner.”

On The Nymph:

“Fantastic use of language sets this story apart. The well-constructed rhythm reflected the theme of singing excellently.”

Thank you to all the fantastic authors who entered. You gave our judges, Lee Battersby and Xanthe Knox quite the scare. Thanks also goes to Robert N Stephenson for coordinating the comp. Please join us in congratulating our winners.
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The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from Friday 15 June to Friday 14 September.

We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.

There are two categories for submission:

  • Flash Fiction: Stories up to 1000 words in length.
  • Short Story: Stories from 1001 to 8000 words.

The winner in each category will receive an engraved plaque and the winning stories will appear in Midnight Echo.

Entry details
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please submit stories individually (ie one email for each category you are entering), with the subject line “AHWA Short:” or “AHWA Flash:” and the title of your story. Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition is judged blind.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

Judges
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2018.

1. Chrisi Reardon (2017 short story winner)
2. Xanthe Knox (2017 flash fiction winner)
3. Lee Battersby (guest judge)

Entry fee
AHWA members enter free.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal. In the message field, please write “Comp18” and the email address used to submit the story as a reference.

Contact the AHWA Competitions Coordinator at ahwacompetition@gmail.com if you have any further questions.

The 2017 competition is now open. Please read the details carefully before entering.

 

Short Story Winner 2016:

Brother by Rue Karney

Highly commended:

Angel Hair by Deborah Sheldon

North Country by Josh Kemp

 

Flash Winner 2016:

Tomorrow by Glenn H. Mitchell

Highly commended:

Old Man Red Gum by Matthew J. Morrison

The Man by Christine Ferdinands

 

The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2017. 

Image: J. Ashley Smith, AHWA Short Fiction Winner for 2015


We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.

– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator

There are two categories for submission:

Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive an engraved plaque.

Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive an engraved plaque.

ENTRY FEE
AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID: ahwa (at) australianhorror.com

ENTRY DETAILS
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to: ctrost (at) hotmail.com

The email subject should follow the format:
“AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author” or “AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

JUDGES
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2017.

1. Maree Kimberley (2016 short story winner)
2. Glenn H. Mitchell (2016 flash fiction winner)
3. Deborah Sheldon (2016 short story runner-up)

Competition closes 31st May 2017.
Winners will be announced on this page in late June or early July.

Contact ctrost (at) hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

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