It’s fantasy month at Zeroflash.
That means, to me at least, dark and mysterious, gothic and terrible, haunted houses and spooky cemeteries.
For those of you that would care to submit, we’re looking for stories of anywhere up to 300 words.
We’d love a beginning, are partial to a middle and if you could see your way clear to adding an ending, we’d be ever so grateful.
Other than that, any genre, any style, any tone, any language. Fill it with character and description and make us think and cry and laugh and gag and stuff.
Just the one submission each per month, please.
Please send your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is Midnight GMT on the final day of the month – January this time.
Do your best to format as Times New Roman and 12 points please.
If you are submitting a Stand Alone entry – separate to the monthly competition, please say so in your email. Likewise, if you are submitting for the monthly competition, let us know.
Every month we will decide on the best story and make a showing of it for the world to see. We’ll tell everyone that it’s great and they should admire and praise it…and then we’ll start all over again.
If you do decide to grace us with your prose, there’s a good chance that at some point (probably a year down the line) we might use it in a ‘best of’ collection. So, be warned, by sending us your stuff, it will/might be published in an outmoded form called paper and as such, you accept this. Should this happen you will be offered the opportunity to buy the book at ‘cost’ + delivery.
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Please feel free to add comments and thoughts. We’d welcome your input.