Posted by Angelica R. Jackson
The Toasted Cheese Literary Journal's Dead of Winter Contest for short horror fiction opened October 1 (with no entry fee, yay!). Here are some particulars, but go to the guidelines page for full details:
*Stories submitted to the 11th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2011) must use the theme SKULL AND BONES
*The word limit is 2000–3000 words.
*Stories MUST be set in winter.
*Stories must fall in the horror genre. As to subgenres, any is allowed but note that the judges prefer gothic, dark fantasy, erotic horror (PG-13 max), noir, psychological horror, quiet/soft horror, and suspense horror. The judges tend not to like sci-fi horror, extreme/splatter horror, Lovecraftian, etc. Please no creepy children, people who don't know they're dead or overdone "monsters" (vampires, were wolves, sasquatch, etc.). As to gore level, we'd far rather know what's going on inside a character's head than to see it on a pike. We want to be disturbed, unable to shake your story and compelled to leave on every light in the house after reading it.
*The contest opens October 1, 2011 and the deadline for submission is 11:59 PM ET December 21, 2011.
*Email entries to dow2011[at]toasted-cheese.com with the subject line: Dead of Winter Contest Entry
Good luck to all who enter!