Archive for April, 2010

The Top Twenty

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First: thanks to everyone who entered the competition. We were delighted at the enthusiastic response to our call for modern, scary stories.

Due to the large number of entries for the Campaign for Real Fear, and the high calibre of the final group of submissions, Chris and I have decided to select twenty winning stories.

You will be able to read the first batch of ten stories in the June issue (#17) of Black Static followed by the second batch of ten stories in the August issue (#18), and they will be podcast by Action Audio.

Top Twenty

  • ‘Copy Degradation’ by Gemma Files; Canada
  • ‘In The Night Supermarket’ by James Burt; UK
  • ‘Nice One, Truly’ by Alan Morgan; UK
  • ‘On The Beaten Path’ by Janos Honkonen; Finland
  • ‘Sanctuary’ by Katherine Hughes; UK
  • ‘The Price’ by Jennifer Williams; UK
  • ‘The Rude Little Girl’ by Kaaron Warren; Australia
  • ‘This Is Mung’ by Christine Emmett; South Africa
  • ‘The Flinchfield Dance’ by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs; Australia
  • ‘Shades of Blue’ by Catherine MacLeod; Canada
  • ‘Infected With Death’ by John Fagan; UK
  • ‘The Exchange’ by Eileen Chao; USA
  • ‘Under The Microscope’ by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt; USA
  • ‘See You Later’ by M. M. De Voe; USA
  • ‘Showtime’ by James Carroll; Australia
  • ‘Hounded’ by Christina Koh; UK
  • ‘Big Brother, Little Sister’ by Sam Fleming; UK
  • ‘Cuckoo’ by Lorraine Slater; UK
  • ‘Dreadless’ by Anna Rogala; UK
  • ‘Give Me More Eyes for Nakedness’ by Paul Synnott; UK

Honourable Mentions

Congratulations to all our winners for writing such memorable stories!

We’re saddened we couldn’t take more, which is why we listed seven honourable mentions. There were several other strong contenders we had to put aside with a great deal of regret.

We received a range of work from first-time writers through to seasoned professionals. Our final group represents a spectrum of experience as well as showcasing the variety of talent writing modern horror fiction.

Our feedback and analysis of the competition will appear in the June issue of Black Static, and afterwards we will publish it here.

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This is the end

This is the end, my only friend, the endThe Campaign for Real Fear is closed to submissions.

Christopher Fowler and I would like to thank all the writers who sent us stories. In the past two days we’ve been inundated with entries.

We face a very difficult task, and we hope you will appreciate that we will need some time to read through all the submissions and give them our considered attention.

We will announce our short-list of ten stories as soon as possible, and at that point we will also offer statistics and feedback about the work we received.

Final Week

The Final DoorChris and I have been receiving a steady stream of submissions for the past two weeks, partly due to The Guardian article and our promotion of the competition at the two big conventions in the UK.

Remember, the deadline for submissions is this Friday, the 16th of April at 5pm GMT. Please read our FAQ for details on how to enter.

If you have a horrid tale desperate for expression, please write it and get it to us by Friday. We will not read any stories received after the deadline.

Again, I’d encourage people to think differently about horror, and what scares you.

The majority of the submissions have come from the UK and the USA, along with a smattering of entries from countries such as Finland, Germany, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. We’d love to see more work from international horror writers, so fire up your laptops!

It’s only 500 words. What’s the worst that can happen?

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