The Road of Eerie Writing Contest

September 15, 2011
(Midnight, PT)

“The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before…”

              – Lennon / McCartney                                        

Somewhere in a sleepy town or a hectic city or a vibrant field or a shaded wood… lies a road. It is an old road, a neglected road, a downright eerie road.

But on Halloween—the eeriest day of the year—it will become a rediscovered road. And your protagonist will never be the same.

What’s the story?

(Revised: No publication in The Verb.)

No entry fee.

Length may be up to 1,000 words. But not a word more. (Your contact information and your title are not included in the word count.)

Short stories only. No poetry, essays or plays.

Entries must be original and unpublished. Send only your best. Once submissions arrive, no revisions will be accepted.

Open to writers worldwide. Payment to winners outside the USA are made via PayPal only.

Limited. Only one story per author.

The judge for this contest is Elizabeth Guy.

All contest entries must be submitted electronically. You may paste your text within the body of an email or send it as a .pdf, .doc, .docx or .rtf. We don’t accept any other formats.

At the top of your submission, please provide:
~ your name
~ your mailing address
~ your email address
~ word count
~ Note: We like to post the names and locations of all finalists. If you prefer we don’t post yours, please tell us here: Publish title only.

Don’t forget to include your title!

Black font, 12-pt. Arial, Courier or Times Roman, double spaced.

Separate scenes with your favorite symbol. We don’t care which one you use, as long as it clearly signifies a break.

Confirm we’ve received your entire submission by including the words: The End.

You’re now ready to submit!

We confirm receipt of every contest entry. If you haven’t received word from us within 24 hours, we haven’t received yours. Please re-send.

After the contest ends…
Winner will be notified via email October 3, 2011. The winning entry will be announced here, but it will not be published.  

·  RIGHTS  ·
All entrants, including the winner, retain ALL rights to their work.


5 thoughts on “The Road of Eerie Writing Contest”

  1. Hello! I submitted a story entitled “Darkened” just a few moments ago, and I’m afraid that I forgot to include the words “the end” on my document. I am positive that you have the whole thing, and I apologize for forgetting.

  2. sandra knife said:

    i entered my contest sub on the write jobs but did not know til now after looking up this site that if i did not get an email back you didn;t get my submission, now it’s too late, and i am so discusted, it was my first contest and i have been counting the days, i entered in the middle of august..The Road of Eerie by Sandra Knife you know what happened to it….it went through on my end just fine…why didn’t they say that too on the write jobs site I would have reentered it..

    • So sorry to hear about the confusion, Sandra. I double-checked all contest emails, including the junk file, and your entry was nowhere in sight. But take heart, there will be more contests in the future.

      All my best,
      Elizabeth Guy

  3. James Southern said:

    I have been entering the contests for some time now and I have to say that I will truly miss them. Please tell us who won the Road to Eerie contest. Thanks again for the experience of working with you. James

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