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The one that started it all
This contest is now CLOSED. Read the winning works on The Dark Forest blog.
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners:
Mario Aliberto III
"Hang Him High"
We're partnering with SECOND CHANCE LIT to bring you our first 100-word FLASH FICTION writing contest:
THE DARK CHANCES CONTEST
Contest runs June 1 - June 8.
Dark Chances uses 100-word gothic/horror flash fiction to examine the theme of "second chances." When rejection happens, when a first attempt fails, what will happen next? Can we still succeed if only we had another chance? Think of what second chances there are or could be in GOTHIC and HORROR fiction. Let your imaginations free as you interpret the theme. As long as your creation is written as a gothic or horror story with "second chances" as an incorporated theme, its eligible! And as always, ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, vampires, and the like are welcomed. *SPECIAL RULES BELOW*
Contest is open to submissions from June 1 to June 8, 2021.
Winners will be announced June 11, 2021.
Publication of TOP 3 winning stories released June 11 on TDS and Second Chance Lit blogs.
1st place wins publication plus:
TDS Merch: TDS paperback issue, skull wax melts, and a bookmark
Second Chance Merch: Notebook, 15oz mug, and a sticker
2nd place wins publication plus:
TDS Merch: TDS paperback issue and a bookmark
Second Chance Merch: 11oz mug and a sticker
3rd place wins publication plus:
TDS Merch: A Bookmark
Second Chance Merch: A sticker
Write a 100-word gothic/horror story with theme of "second chances." Then email it and a brief bio (both pasted directly into the body - no attachments) to: email@example.com.
That's it. GOOD LUCK!
This contest is fully sponsored by