The Furious Gazelle’s 2018 Halloween Writing Contest

Deadline extension: Our annual Halloween contest is now open to submissions from now until October 14, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.

The contest is free to enter. The first place winner will receive $50 and a book in the genre of their choosing.

Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays and creative non-fiction as an attachment to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com, and put “Halloween contest” in your subject line.

Each writer may submit up to five entries to the contest, totaling 5,000 words or under.

Use that however you want, for example send a 4,900 word short story and a 100 word flash piece, or send 5 poems, or 3 poems and 2 stories, the possibilities are endless.

 

Critique

 
For the first time, we’re offering a chance to receive constructive criticism about your entry. Constructive criticism is a great way to learn how to become a stronger writer. We will provide three lines of feedback: what we liked, what could be working better, techniques you could consider using to strengthen your story.
If you’d like constructive feedback, click here to purchase the item in the Square store (non-US: send $5 via paypal to thefuriousgazelle@gmail.com and note your receipt number in your submission e-mail).
Donation
Just want to support our contest? We’re committed to keeping our Halloween contest free to enter, but that costs money. If you can, please consider contributing with your entry. Your $5 contribution will go towards the first place prize, and our website hosting costs. If you’d like to contribute, click here to donate through our Square store (non-US: send $5 via paypal to thefuriousgazelle@gmail.com) and submit your entry as an attachment to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com.
Donating will not have any impact on your chances of winning, but it will earn our eternal gratitude, and help us to keep the Furious Gazelle online.

Click here to view our 2017 finalists.

 

Please direct any questions to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com with “QUESTION” in your subject line.