The Australian Horror Writers Association has opened its annual competition to submissions of flash and short horror fiction:
Horror stories, tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in this genre will be accepted, from the well-used (zombies, vampires, ghosts etc) to the highly original, so long as the story is professional and well written. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author. Stories can be as violent or as bloody as the storyline dictates, but those containing gratuitous sex or violence will not be considered.
Authors can enter either or both categories, but one entry per category is the limit. Submissions for the flash category can go up to 1,000 words, and short fiction accepts from 1,000 to 8,000 words.
Prizes are paid publication in Midnight Echo magazine and “the adulation of millions.”
There is an entry for non-Australian Horror Writer Association members:
AHWA Members have free entry.
Non-AHWA Members: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
This year’s judges are Paul Mannering, Talie Helene and Zena Shapter.
Check out the full guidelines here: http://australianhorror.com/index.php?view=57