Sunday, September 13, 2020

Summer's Last Blast Writing Prompts


Hello, readers!

The last days of summer are winding down, but rays of sun still hang on for many of us. Let's have one last fling with summer with a few summer garden writing prompts! Below, please find some fun prompts that will help jumpstart your writing. As always, we'd love to see your work! Please post your writing in the comments. 


  • Write a short story from the perspective of a flower that only blooms once a decade.
  • Develop a short screenplay about children who become lost in a fantastical garden.    
  • Create a poem that describes your fondest gardening memory.
  • In 100 words, write a story about the last summer harvest.
  • Write a short story about a magical garden that the main character finds in the most unlikely of places.
  • Create a poem about the sunflowers in a neighbor's yard.
  • Craft a story where the protagonist discovers a race of tiny creatures living in her family's garden.
  • In ten words or less, describe the world's most beautiful garden.
  • Create a flash fiction work where flowers deliver advice to your protagonist.
  • Write a short story where a flower, sent as a gift, causes quite a disturbance for an entire town.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Spring and Summer Writing Competitions



By: Emrald Sethna

Hello, dear writers!

Below, you will find a list of national and international writing competitions taking place over the next few months. Submissions are free and the prizes range from publishing deals to cash and institute fellowships!

Chance Encounters Travel Writing Competition
Maximum word count: 1,500
Prize: $100 & publication
Deadline: April 15

The Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest
Maximum word count: 50-60
Prize: $250
Deadline: April 15

Soundwork Short Story Competition
Maximum word count: 2,500
Prize: Work is narrated by a professional actor and published on Soundcloud
Deadline: April 20

Science-Me a Story
Maximum word count: 4 pages
Prize: 150 Pounds
Deadline: April 20

Habinteg Prize: An Essay Competition
Maximum word count: 2,000
Prize: 2,500 Pounds
Deadline: April 27

Words From the King: Book Publishing Contest
Maximum word count: Full manuscript
Prize: Publishing contract
Deadline: April 30

The Writer's Games
Maximum word count: None
Prize: Publication
Deadline: April 30

Mavis Batey Essay Prize
Maximum word count: 6,000
Prize: 250 Pounds & potential publication
Deadline: May 3

The Nick Darke Award
Maximum word count: Full manuscript
Prize: 6,000 Pounds
Deadline: May 4

Sick Cruising - Anthology Call
Maximum word count: 10,000
Prize: $20
Deadline: May 20

Thanet Writers Short Story Competition
Maximum word count: 5,000
Prize: 1,000 Pounds
Deadline: May 31

First Edition Kate O'Brien Award
Maximum word count: Full manuscript
Prize: 1,200 Euros
Deadline: June 13

John Locke Institute Essay Competition
Maximum word count: 2,000
Prize: 100 Pounds & fellowship
Deadline: July 15

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
Maximum word count: None
Prize: Publication
Deadline: July 31

For more contests, with and without entry fees, visit this website: https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/

We wish you all the best on your writing projects and hope you are all staying safe.

Happy Writing!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Charting your Growth as a Writer

By: Carla Trueheart 

Looking back on our early writing projects is difficult for many of us. We might tend to feel embarrassed of our first attempts at writing, or we might cringe at word choices and vocabulary. For me, I overused adverbs and had no idea about proper punctuation, especially when writing dialogue. But honestly, we should look back at these early attempts and be pleased with ourselves on how far we’ve come as writers. If your writing differs drastically from then to now, that means you’re doing something right. And in thinking about that—how good does our future writing look? I’d like for you to take a moment to consider growth and some questions you may ask yourself to gauge your success.

How have you grown?
When you look back at your early writing, what do you notice? There might be certain habits you fell back on as a new writer, or scenes might have been overwritten or sparse. Is there something you’ve learned along the way? Was it a book or writing classes or just keeping at it that helped you grow as a writer? This is important to look at so you know how to keep growing in your craft!

What do you Know Now? 
Make a list, mentally or on the computer, of all the things you feel you’ve learned about the art of writing and storytelling. Do you feel like you know how to develop characters better now? Are you sketching out scenes and making settings jump into the minds of your readers? Did you learn about climaxes and ending a story? Was there a trial and error process with writing your first short story or novel? Taking note of what you know now as a writer will help you find your weaknesses and strengths. Figure out what’s left to learn, and fill in those holes as best you can!

What will the Future Bring?
In measuring your growth as a writer, what goals do you have right now that stemmed from your early writing years? Maybe you still haven’t published that novel and would like to do that, or maybe you’d like to incorporate poetry or literary fiction conventions into your work. Your goals could range from honing your craft to becoming a bestselling author in a year or two. It’s important to set realistic goals as you continue to chart your growth in the writing world. Keep aiming high, and never give up. 

What Resources did you use to Learn Writing?
Think back on everything you pulled from when learning about writing. Surround yourself with those early notebooks, books on writing, workshop critiques, and even rejection letters with feedback included. Looking back on what you used to master your craft will help you as you continue on to your next publishing goal. 

Do you Consider that the term “published” means you’re a Writer? Or is there a Different Definition?
What do you think about your writing? Does it please you? Do you write for others or for yourself? Do you feel like the only way to gauge your success is to list your publishing credits? For each writer, the answer is something different. Some write for money, some write for fame, some want to see their name on a book cover as proof of their hard work, some want to spread a message or share their vision, and some just write to release the demons. It’s up to you how you feel about being a writer, but remember that charting your growth as a writer often means facing the true reason you write. 

Let us know any comments you have as you chart your growth as a writer!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine's Day Writing Prompts: Cozy Winter




By: Our Writing Garden Team

Poems

Write a poem about a fireside Valentine's Day after a huge power outage 

Write a poem about a walk in the park on a snowy Valentine's Day

Create a poem that describes the comfort of snuggling up with one's significant other

Describe the perfect Valentine's Day gift

Short Story

Write a story where a character embarks on a scavenger hunt through a snowy forest to discover a Valentine's Day surprise

Write a short story where the protagonist and their love interest get stuck inside during a snowstorm

Write a short story about a "Galentine's" Day ski trip where one member of the group falls in love with the ski instructor

Create a short story where a character confesses their love to the protagonist using the snowy landscape around them

Write a humorous short story about a man bringing balloons to his Valentine on Valentine's Day, but the balloons accidentally fly away in a snowstorm

Flash Fiction

Craft a piece of flash fiction where a character is taught to skate by their long-time crush

Screenplay

Craft a scene where a character contemplates the identity of the anonymous sender of a beautiful Winter bouquet

Write a short play about a magical winter retreat for couples 

Monday, February 10, 2020



Announcing . . .
Our Name Change!


In moving forward in 2020, The Steps to Getting Published Team has decided to change our name to Our Writing Garden to better reflect the many areas of writing and publishing we cover with our monthly blog. We're excited for this change and hope to bring you even MORE writing prompts, articles, and publishing opportunities!

Thank you so much for reading our posts, commenting, and following us. We hope you will continue to grow as a writer!

Writing Prompts for Writers Struggling with Writer's Block







By: Emrald Sethna

Writing Prompt Ideas

If you're stuck on certain ideas or you don't yet understand elements of the story:

- Create a journal entry from the POV of your protagonist, detailing an average day in their life.

- Alternatively, create a journal entry from the POV of your antagonist, discussing their motivations and plans for the future.

- Set a timer for ten minutes, and in that time, write as much as you can about the protagonist, antagonist, setting, and or plot of your story.

- Craft a short dialogue scene where your characters interact. This can help you test out their differing voices and decide which suits each character best.

- Stuck on what kind of POV to use? Write a chapter or scene from a first person viewpoint, then rewrite it in third person. Which one are you more comfortable with and which suits the story you wish to tell?

- Take the time to prepare a description for each of your potential characters, including their physical looks and personality traits or quirks.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Winter Holiday Writing Prompts: Inside the Snow Globe




 By: Our Writing Garden Team

Holiday Greetings, Writers!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, it's always fun to sit back from the chaos and do a little bit of winter writing. To that end, the team at Our Writing Garden has come up with a list of fun winter writing prompts, using the theme: Inside the Snow Globe. We hope these bring you inspiration this holiday season, and that you have a happy holiday with family and friends. 

Happy Writing!


Create a short story where the protagonist discovers that the animals within a precious snow globe are real.

Construct a flash fiction piece where a protagonist is transported inside their least favorite snow globe.

Write a poem that describes a snow globe's enchanted forest scenery.

Create a short story about a family's lost possessions being found within an heirloom snow globe.

Write a screenplay where protagonists capture real snowflakes within a crystal ball.

A character's best memories of the holidays are locked away in hidden snow globes, how do they get them back?

Write a short story from the perspective of a snowman trapped inside a fireplace mantel snow globe on a winter’s eve.

Construct a poem about a snow-covered log cabin inside a snow globe.

Write about a winter city scene inside a snow globe. 

Create a screenplay about two characters who fall in love inside a snow globe.

Write about a real town inside a snow globe in which the rapidly falling snow threatens to bury the buildings.

Pen a poem about the falling snowflakes changing colors inside a snow globe.


Let us know if you think of any of your own snow globe writing prompts! And please feel free to share your stories with us in the comments!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Methods of World Building in Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing


By: Our Writing Garden Team

Fantasy and science fiction novels have the unique ability to send a reader to new, never-seen-before locations. They can transport the reader into space, send them over the rainbow, or situate them on a planet unlike the earth they are used to. There are a few considerations with world-building in fantasy and science fiction, including transportation systems, maps of the world, types of entertainment available, magical systems and creatures, and the setting or environment itself. Below, please find a list of some world-building elements that might help you as you write your fantasy or science fiction novel. 

Maps
"I wisely started with a map," said J. R. R. Tolkien. Maps can be a significant tool for your story. Whether your characters see a map of their world or not (and only you know of it), it can be very useful to plan out your town, city, and or world atlas as you work on your narrative. Not only can maps be a reference sheet when taking characters on their journeys--so writers know exactly where to take said characters--but can also be helpful for readers as they follow your protagonist through their realm. 

When working in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, the map you create does not need to mirror the types of landmarks, terrain, or names we find on atlases of our world. For example, a map of a town does not need places like town halls or town squares. You can have a Chasm of Glowing Souls running through the town's center, a Floating Inn beside the protagonist's hobbit hole--there are countless possibilities. Planning out the format of your world is up to you. You can either craft your narrative around the map you create or develop it with your story in mind. Just remember that nothing has to be written in stone, you can change things as you delve into your story. Though having a map can aid you greatly as you build your world and set characters off on their journeys.  

Magic
There are a few factors to consider when building a fictional world of magic. First, the rules. Who has the magic? Is it just a few specific citizens or does everyone have it? If everyone has it, what’s allowed? Are there laws surrounding the magic? For example, in the Harry Potter universe, certain spells are against the law. The second consideration is the type of magic in your world. Is it wand magic? Spoken spells? Does it come from a hand gesture or another type of physical movement? Or is it related to nature, herbs, potions, or environment? Is it sinister or is it performed mostly for the good of the people and the land? Finally, you’ll want to look at magic on the level of characterization. What conflict does magic cause within the world, and how does this impact your protagonist? What is the source of your main character’s magic? Do they love using magic, or does it backfire on them continually?

Entertainment
When delving into elements such as festivals, theatres, and eating establishments that provide characters with a means of amusement and enjoyment, it is important to keep theme and purpose in mind. Consider a small fictional town, let's call it Frostville, which participates in an annual festival. We, the writers, understand that we want our protagonist(s) to witness or be a part of this event. But what is the event dedicated to? Why is it celebrated? When does it take place? How is it themed? How long does it last, and do the townfolks even like it? Of course, there are endless possibilities to consider (how wonderful, right?) so we must take a moment to envision this festival as our characters would. 

For example, let's say that Frostville has this annual festival lasting a week to celebrate the winter solstice, a time when a creature from folk legends is said to visit the village in mortal form. If the creature is not pleased with the great magical displays from the fearful villagers, the village will not prosper the following year. Now we understand why this festival occurs, how long it lasts, that the villagers fear the visiting creature, and even that is has magical theming. We can then think of specific magical displays, and the town's visuals during the celebration. Though it is important to first come to terms with the purpose of the entertainment as well as its theming in order to "set the scene" as it were. This process can be undertaken for theatres and eating establishments as well. Ask yourselves the purpose and theme of these places in your world. Why are they there? Are they valued by characters? Do they have a specific theme to them? What form of entertainment do they provide? Are they dedicated to something or someone? After answering these questions, we can work on the details that your characters witness and or feel as they enter these events or places in your world.  

Magical Creatures
It’s always fun to create your own types of magical creatures. You can research mythical beings and design your own from there, or you can come up with completely new creatures never heard of before on earth or whatever world you’re building. As the author, you might dream up a flying creature or a sea creature, or maybe a hybrid of both. Or maybe you’ll set these creatures loose in your world and watch them fall in love with or terrorize the inhabitants. When you develop these creatures, keep in mind what you’d like them to look like (draw them out if you can), the history of their kind, and what traits they possess. For example, you might have a unicorn type creature who uses rare magic or a dragon-like being who speaks in a specific language. Imagine a day in the life of this creature and what emotions it goes through, what it eats, and how it appears to the society of your world. 

Transportation
When considering the means of transportation in your world, you can either take inspiration from the real world (whether from the past or present), other fantasy or sci-fi tales, or get creative with your own transportation system. Ask yourself, "What kind of world am I building?" Are there high-tech societies (where spaceships and holograms are possible)? Is it set in the contemporary era (like our world right now)? Is it an ancient world (taking place during a less-civilised era)? Is it a magical realm (where magical teleportation exists)? 

Once you come to understand the type of world you will be creating, then you can delve into the details of how you wish your characters to move around the world. Perhaps you want to have a magical realm where characters visit various towns and cities through a pixie dust system, similar to J. K. Rowling's Floo Powder Network. Or maybe you want a high tech world, which could allow you to introduce an interstellar roadway that spaceships travel along or portable teleportation devices bring your protagonist from city to city in an instant. Another option is, of course, including the technology we have available today such as planes, ships, trains, cars, or simply walking. There are numerous modes of transportation you can use in your works, deciding which option to use is simply a matter of understanding the world you are creating. You can get creative or use familiar vehicles, just be sure to ask yourself "What form of transportation makes sense for my world?" and or "How do I see my characters travelling within this world?"

Setting Elements
Setting elements make up the backdrop of your story. The fantasy world, futuristic world, or outer space world you design can be bright and sunny, a perpetual winter, or even made up entirely of diamonds. There are quite a few considerations when it comes to setting, such as how it plays out in your story to enhance the character’s journey and how it hinders their quests. For instance, extreme weather might make for difficult travels, and a world of diamonds may seem beautiful at first, but be glaring and too slippery at certain times of the day. Other considerations with setting in fantasy and science fiction writing include landscapes, natural elements (trees, islands, sky color, amount of water available, wooded areas), and buildings. You might include certain eating establishments in space, futuristic schools, or fantasy hotels. 

 It might also help to draw out or imagine the history of the land. How did the land develop and evolve, for example? Knowing these points will help fill in all areas of the setting, even if you don’t ever use them in your manuscript. And you can zoom in on all of the setting locations, too, including your restaurants, schools, government buildings, castles, spaceports, and housing. What is the history of each location? You might even consider the history of wooded land (haunted? magical?) and other landmarks in your story. Every location has a history and even a legend or myth attached, so include that when you can in your writing, or even just in the drafting phase. 


Thanks for reading about world building in fantasy and sci-fi writing. Do you have any tips or tricks for writing in this genre? Please share in the comments!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Antagonists of the Horror Genre

By: Our Writing Garden Team 

Happy Halloween, dear writers! The horror genre is amazing. Their stories can exploit (or create) fears, send chills up our spines, make us view everyday objects or scenarios in a new light, and thoroughly thrill us. Of course, it's the antagonists of these works, in conjunction with great writing, that effects us so greatly. Here's a look at some of the most popular antagonists of the horror genre and what is generally expected of them:



Zombies

Ah, zom-zoms. Dear, lovely, rotting corpses determined to hunt the living and munch on their brains. Over the years, different types of zombies have emerged; ones that are slow and limping, others that are fast and feral, some that can talk, some that sense the living through sound, some that are civilized but still need to feed on brains—they have been well explored. Meaning that there are great foundations set for writers who wish to use them in their work. Most, if not all, versions of these antagonists are restricted by their need to feast on the living. That is their only expectation. The way they move, how they function, their intelligence, how they are created—or where they are created—are all up to writers. It's wonderful to have that freedom.   

Unstable People

Sometimes there's nothing scarier than an unhinged human being. You think they're nice and friendly, sweet and kind, then BAM! They show their true colors or are triggered into an unstable state that results in great peril and horror. Other times, normal people are tossed into a situation were a particularly frightening, damaged human hunts them down one at a time...in some stories, we don't even get to see their face. We just know that our protagonist(s) needs to get out of that situation before they're found! It can get quite suspenseful, right? When it comes to unhinged humans, there are no restrictions. You can create a unique character that creeps the heck out of readers as the protagonist strives to stay alive and or escape their clutches. 

Creepypastas

The name may sound odd or amusing, though these creatures are terrifying...and have nothing to do with pasta. For those who are unfamiliar with creepypastas, they were gradually developed in response to a forum post that told a story of a faceless man in a black suit who lures children into his woodlands. That man became known as Slenderman, now the inspiration for several horror stories (and games). More creepy creatures were created and associated with this antagonist, such as Jeff the Killer who is a man that is fond of stabbing people as they sleep—oh, and he cut off his eyelids and is almost always smiling. Yeah, creepy. The list of creepypastas is quite long, the fans who love these stories have worked together to produce great, frightening, sometimes even funny, works that involve these antagonists. Honestly, there are no restrictions when it comes to these characters. Fiction pieces are written from their perspectives, their victim's POV, or a third-person view. So long as their favored method of murder is adhered to, a writer can do anything with these creatures. 

Ghosts/Poltergeists

It's difficult not to think of the Harry Potter series when discussing ghosts and poltergeists. The novels act as a good example of how these antagonists are often depicted. Ghosts are commonly harmless. Most of the time they are white, transparent figures that roam around the world and sometimes communicate with humans—either verbally or with gestures. They can haunt a certain location or certain people (choosing to just watch them or try to scare them), yet moving objects in the physical world is more of a characteristic of poltergeists. Poltergeists, like Peeves in the HP series, can indeed prank humans and change the world around them. With telekinetic abilities or with the power to grasp items (or people), they are able to manipulate the world as a human would. Though the line of distinction between these antagonists is often blurred. Ghosts are declared as ghosts yet can move objects and people. What these characters have in common, however, are backstories that are completely up to their writer. Whatever tragedy befell them can be unique and discovered in any way a writer sees fit.  

Demons/Possession

Here come the nightmares. Demons are interesting antagonists as they either put on a human face and mingle in society looking for souls to feed on or take control of bodies and inanimate objects. Other stories depict them as horrid monsters as well, and their motivation varies with each interpretation. Perhaps they are hungry and simply need to make a contract with humans to have a nice soul lunch. Maybe they simply enjoy messing with humans and their minds. Or they might need to hurt humans to please their superiors and get promoted in the demon world. Like with the other antagonists discussed, there is a lot of leeway offered to writers. Overall, it is generally expected that they are up to no good and want to scare humans in whatever way they can—like taking control of an old doll and having it pop up in random places throughout the house. So creepy. 


Witches
The fear of witches dates back centuries, so it only makes sense that they are a consideration for an antagonist in a horror novel. While true modern witches normally practice good or earth magic, witches in movies, television, and literature can be a tad creepier. When envisioning witches, we normally think of a warty, evil woman in a cloak, sometimes wearing a pointed hat, bent over a bubbling cauldron of rat tails and poisonous flowers. This definitely works to scare readers, but looking at the demonic side of witches—like in the reboot of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”—ups the creepy factor with a devilish edge. Witches are clever and difficult to combat or destroy, but usually a bucket of water or binding spell will do the job. 

Vampires
Vampires scare us because they essentially feed off humans, stealing our blood and making us just a little pale in the neck and face area. It’s rare to see a “good guy” vampire in movies and literature, because by nature, vampires are stalkers and killers. Further, it’s said that vampires are quite irresistible to their prey, sucking us in (pun intended) with their charm and good looks. As an antagonist, vampires present the protagonist with difficulties as they are wickedly strong and difficult to kill, except, maybe, with garlic, holy water, or a good neck-break. 

Werewolves
In a modern era, when we think about werewolves, we inevitably think about poor Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter series. True, he did have to contend with some serious fear of full moons, as werewolves, historically, change at the full moon from human to beast. This transition is far from pleasant, with a sudden thirst for human flesh and a burst of excessive hair growth (not to mention the fangs). The legend of the werewolf perhaps started with an actual fear of wolves eating livestock and grew from there, with the threat being that if you were bitten by a werewolf, you would shape-shift into one under the full moon. Legend says that werewolves, incredible hunters who possess superhuman strength, are only susceptible to death through silver blades and specific herbs (mistletoe, wolfsbane, or mountain ash). 

Mermaids
Beautiful, but not creepy . . . or are they? These mythological creatures are historically females with one single fish fin, alluring sailors with their beauty. For that reason, they would make the perfect antagonist in a fantasy horror novel. With an emphasis on the dangers of the sea, these gorgeous sea spirits are the perfect fit in any sea fantasy novel. They’ve been known to drown sailors, sink ships, and can even sprout legs on land to fool unsuspecting seamen. There is no known specific method for killing a mermaid, but if it’s indeed necessary, good luck finding them. 





Which antagonist would you use, or have you used, in your works? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Writing!

Halloween Writing Prompts


By: Emrald Sethna


Hello, dear writers! Are you ready for Halloween? Such a spooky, fun time of the year. Here are some new writing prompts to help us all celebrate this holiday:

- Create a tale about a supernatural character that likes to dress up as a human on Halloween night.

- Write a short story from the perspective of an ancient mummy awakening for a Monster Halloween Bash.

- Construct the scariest story you can think of in thirteen words.

- Write a flash fiction piece that revolves around a scarecrow, a werewolf, a ghost, and a bowl of candy.

- Create a short story where your protagonist gets stuck in a monster realm for 24 hours.

- Think of your favorite supernatural character and describe them in a poem.

- Craft a narrative that takes place in a graveyard with a character poorly attempting necromancy.

- Write a story where a character discovers a ghost party in their bedroom.


Image Prompt ~



Write a short story based on the photo above

Happy Writing!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Publishing Opportunities: HORROR




Happy Autumn!

In keeping with the seasonal spirit, we'd like to present our followers with a list of publishing opportunities in the horror genre. It's the perfect time of year to shake the dust off those old horror stories and give them another chance at publication! Or perhaps you have a new story ready to go . . . whatever the case, we hope these listings will help with your quest.

Please read all submission instructions on the websites and follow the publisher's specific requests for word counts and formatting. 

Good Luck!



Blood Moon Rising Magazine

http://www.bloodmoonrisingmagazine.com/newsubmissions.html


Danse Macabre

https://dansemacabreonline.wixsite.com/neudm/subspage



Dream of Shadows




Ink and Sword




The Wicked Library






Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fall Fantasy Writing ~ Picture Prompts!



By:  Our Writing Garden 


Welcome, fall!

We have some fun writing prompts and articles lined up for autumn, and to get you started, here's an enjoyable writing exercise featuring picture prompts!

The (easy) Directions:

Below, you'll find 6 fall-themed photographs. Using the photos, create a short story. You must use all the photos, although you are welcome to change the order. We look forward to reading your stories and hope you share them in the comments section!













Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fall Writing Competitions






By: Emrald Sethna


The Val Wood Prize: Love Letters
Date: Sep 21
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: 1,500
Prize: 100 Euros

In the Blink of an Eye! Competition
Date: Sep 24
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: 3,000
Prize: $345

Owl Canyon Press Hackathon Short Story Competition
Date: Sep 30
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: No limit
Prize: $3000

Gransnet and HQ Writing Competition
Date: Sep 30
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: 20,000
Prize: Publishing contract

The First Page Challenge
Date: Sep 30
Entry Fee: $5
Word count: One page
Prize: $200+

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest
Date: Sep 30
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: 17,000
Prize: $1000 & publication

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award
Date: Sep 30
Entry Fee: $20
Word count: 10,000
Prize: $1,000 and publication

Stories Out of School Flash Fiction Contest
Date: Oct 1
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: 749
Prize: $1000

Beartooth Anthony's Halloween Campfire Story Contest
Date: Oct 25
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: No limit
Prize: Publication & hiking gear

Aftermath Short Story Contest
Date: Oct 31
Entry Fee: Free
Word count: 5,000
Prize: $1,000

Other competitions can be found on this website: https://www.dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-contests/

Happy Writing!