The Furious Gazelle’s 2023 Halloween Writing Contest will open on August 19th and remain open until October 6th.
As always, the contest is free to enter. Please read the full entry rules below.
The contest is free to enter. The first-place winner will receive $50. Runners up will receive publication and a $5 honorarium.
Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays, and creative non-fiction as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “Halloween contest + [your name]” in your subject line.
Our critiques offer insight and 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.
This year, we’re adding the option to purchase a full page critique from one of the Furious Gazelle editors (Tess Tabak or e. kirshe) along with our Halloween anthology. This illustrated anthology includes our favorite entires of the past five years of Halloween contest winners and runners up. You will be supporting our past authors, and the contest, as well as receiving even more constructive feedback. If you’d like to do this, please purchase a copy of the book here and email us a copy of your receipt with your entry.
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 making a contribution with your entry. Your $5 (really any amount is appreciated) 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 (you can also send $5 or any amount via paypal to email@example.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.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with “QUESTION” in your subject line.