Saturday, October 03, 2009


Hey, I've heard about two fun Halloween writing contests already! I was thinking of having one myself, but these guys have already pitched such good ideas I can't compete.

Stuart Neville is having a TwitFic ghost story contest! Fun for all Twitterers.

Ghosts of Belfast TwitFic Contest: Scare me in 124 characters or less for prizes!

As you may be aware, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST will be published in the USA by Soho Press this Thursday, the 1st of October. I'll be embarking on a US tour (details here) to celebrate the launch, so please come and say hello if you're near any of the venues.

The other thing that happens in October is, of course, Halloween, when our thoughts turn to the ghostly and ghoulish. We all have our own personal ghost stories, so how about you share yours as part of a special Twitter contest? Here's how it'll work:

Go to your Twitter account (you do have one, don't you?) and tweet your own experience of a ghost, along with the hash tag #GhostsOfBelfast so I can find it. That leaves you 124 characters to tell your story. The shorter the better, the scarier the better, the funnier the better.

The contest will close at midnight on 31st of October 2009, and I will choose ten finalists. Each of those tweets will be re-tweeted by me and the good folks at Soho Press (or linked to a special page on my website if they're too long). The finalists will then be put to the vote on via Twitter, and the top five will each win a signed copy of THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST, as well as be featured on the home pages of and What's more, whoever gets the most votes of all wins one of the last remaining copies of THE SIX, my limited edition signed and numbered short story collection - only fifty of these will ever be printed!

So, here are the three simple rules:

1) Tweet your scariest, funniest ghost story in 124 CHARACTERS OR LESS.

2) It's VITAL that you remember to include the hash tag #GhostsOfBelfast or your entry won't be seen.

3) Tweet it before MIDNIGHT 31st OCTOBER.

You can enter as many times as you like, but each tweet must be a different story. So, get tweeting, and good luck!

And from our dear friend Writtenwyrdd:

CHANNEL YOUR INNER LOVECRAFT! In honor of the upcoming pagan new year (Samhain, aka Halloween) I'm going to hold a contest.

WE'RE GOING TO BE WRITING HORROR. 500 to 1,000ish words of spec fic horror, poetry or prose, humorous or creepy. (You can go over 1,000 words, but please not by too much.) And no slasher horror pretty pretty please.

AND YOU GUYS GET TO VOTE ON THE WINNER. We'll have voting on the entries after it's all over. I might even submit something, but if I should luck out and win I'll give the prize to the runner up.

DEADLINE is October 31st, naturally.

SUBMISSIONS. Send your submission to me in the body of an email, single spaced. Addy: writtenwyrdd (at) Heading should read "Chthulu contest submission." Be sure and include the name you want me to use on the post. I won't be naming individuals during the voting round, but at the announcements round. MORE THAN ONE SUBMISSION IS ALLOWED, BUT SEND THEM SEPARATELY. (Please keep it to two, though. We don't want to stack the deck.)

PLEASE REPOST AND SPREAD THE WORD. I WANT AT LEAST TWENTY ENTRIES. Because the prize is cool. It's this cute fellow, cuddly Chthulu.

Eek, isn't the prize just the cutest thing you've ever seen?! Too bad I don't write spec fic.


iasa said...

Thanks for passing along the info, a plushie Chthulu. I can't pass up that chance!

Crystal Posey said...

What fun! Thanks for the heads up, will pass around. :)

writtenwyrdd said...

Moonie, thanks so much for the mention!

I hope you can turn your attention, even briefly, to dashing something off for Stuart's contest if not for mine. it might be a lot of fun. And like I told a commenter on my blog who claimed to not write horror, "just imagine your worst day...and add monsters!" LOL.

CKHB said...

I gave a stuffed Chthulu to a member of our wedding party as his gift for the event, and have always wanted one of my own...

writtenwyrdd said...

btw I've had a bunch of visits from this post. Thanks again, Moonie!

word veri: gumband

Jill Edmondson said...

I love the Twitter 124 character story! What a great challenge!

Thanks for alerting me to it... time to get cracking :)

Cheers, Jill

Laurel said...


I've got one just the right length for you and not nearly short enough for Twitter!! Yay!

Plus, absolutely, positively, true story. Happened to my college roommate. And surprise ending. Can't wait to get to work!

Cheryl said...

Yay for writing contests--there's also a Halloween themed writing contest going on at You have to write the first 3 sentences of a scary story.