Taking Submissions: The End Of Our World Short Story Contest

Deadline: August 31st, 2018
Prizes: US$1,000 for the winner, US$300 for the runner-up and US$100 for number 3.

Throughout history doomsayers predicting the end of the world have always been met with howls of derisive laughter. Rightly so, because most of them were buffoons whose predictions were based on weird and implausible sources. So far they have all been completely wrong. But, alas, those days are behind us. Contemporary warnings of impending doom, the rapidly approaching end of our overdeveloped and unsustainable world, are based on reality and science, on cold, hard facts, matters of projection rather than prediction. And we are already seeing the end beginning. The signs are everywhere: environmentally and socially (check our fact sheet for details). We are going down, and most of us know, perhaps not consciously, not clearly spelled out, but we know, deep inside, that we are going down, in spite of all the comforting lies told by those who are profiting from our downfall and want us to go meekly.

This contest is meant to raise people’s awareness of what is happening to our (natural) world right now and what this may mean for the near future. We are looking for short stories dealing with the many existential issues facing us. No nonsense, no wild, impossible fantasies but strong, intelligent stories, based on realistic speculation, cautionary tales, plausible and thought-provoking.


Important update 25 June 2018:
We are gratefully receiving a steady flow of entries but, sadly, too many are not relevant to the theme of this contest. Please check our fact sheet(s) to understand the issues that we want to see reflected in the stories. They offer an enormous range of subjects and also literary genres, from contemporary realism to futuristic science fiction (which describes the possible, contrary to fantasy, which describes the impossible). We strongly urge contestants to study our fact sheet(s) to avoid submitting stories that have no chance of acceptance. You can go there by clicking this link.


Being a non-profit organizationwe don’t have lots of money to throw around. Nevertheless we offer US$1,000 for the winner, US$300 for the runner-up and US$100 for number 3. There may also be some hideous trophies of gilded plastic and a little fame, but most of all the satisfaction of making a contribution to the welfare of our planet and all its inhabitants.

The rules are as follows:

  • This writing contest (or writing competition) opened for entries on June 1, 2018 and will close on August 31, 2018 at midnight.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • It is open to anyone, from any country, of any age.
  • Winners will be announced early October 2018.
  • The story should be in digital form, Microsoft Word or PDF.
  • Each contestant may enter only one story.
  • Formatting in accordance with common practice; see the internet, for instance:
  • Preferred word count between 1500 and 5000 words. The better the story, the greater the margin may be, within reason.
  • The winners will be published in the first official edition of this magazine, planned for October 2018.
  • Stories outside the top 3 may still be published at our usual flat fee of US$25.
  • We buy non-exclusive, one-time rights for online publication during a period of 6 months, with an option to repeat this for our usual fee of US$25.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • Publications elsewhere are not a problem either.
  • Stories are to be uploaded by filling out the form below. If for some weird reason it does not work, you can send it as an attachment by email, by clicking here

As a special courtesy to any talented Dutch writers we offer them the possibility of submitting their stories in Dutch. If they end up in the top 3, we shall have them translated, free of charge. (Nederlandse schrijvers kunnen hun verhalen in hun moedertaal inzenden. Als ze in de top 3 eindigen, zorgen wij voor de vertaling, gratis.)

You can enter at: Aftermath Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Spooky Samhain 2018 Contest

Deadline: August 31st, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s copy and 1st place: 100 dollars plus contributor’s copy, 2nd place: 50 dollars plus contributor’s copy, 3rd place: 25 dollars plus contributor’s copy

OPQ Presents:

The 2018 Spooky Samhain Stories Contest

Do you have a scary story to share?  Fiction, fact, or otherwise, share your prose with us and you, too, can win up to $100* and get your story printed.  Enter your submission today!  Contest will be judged by a panel of three impartial judges, all of whom have a vested interest in the unknown.  Scare us, terrify us, and thrill us!


Contest Rules:

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please only send us one story at a time and if your story is accepted elsewhere please email us and let us know ASAP.
  • Many will enter, few will win.
  • Entrants cannot be related, legally or otherwise, to OPQ staff
  • Entries must be emailed to [email protected] by August 31st, 2018 to qualify.
  • Entries must match one of the following three themes: ‘True Tales of Terror,’ ‘Spooky Semi-True Stories,’ or ‘Fantastic Frights’
  • No entry fee necessary!
  • Note: entries will be judged based on quality, thematic appropriateness, and writing chops.
  • Though we want to be scared, there are some things that are off-limits.  As with our normal morality policy, OPQ will automatically reject stories that involve pedophilia, excessive gore, violence for violence’s sake, and non-consensual sex.  As always, we would prefer stories that use religion and/or spirituality as an uplifting theme or a bridge towards a larger, thematic discussion, rather than being derogatory towards one specific religion.  That being said, we enjoy looking forward to what your twisted imaginations come up with!



Entries must follow one of the following themes:

‘True Tales of Terror’ are reserved for true experiences you’ve witnessed.  Ritual gone wrong?  Cryptid got a little up close and personal?  Alien attacks at night?  Send ’em in.  We wanna see every one of them, no matter how small.

Guideline: 1k-4k words.  Above or below this limit, within reason, is fine.  (Not to exceed 10k words)

‘Spooky Semi-True Stories’ are maybe tall tales, maybe not.  They’re more fantastic stories that the reader may not want to know are real or not.  Consider a well-crafted story about a shopping mall that may or may not have undergone a quarantine that the local news covered up.  The point here is that the reader questions whether the story could have happened or not.

Guideline: 3k-6k words. Above or below this limit, within reason, is fine.  (Not to exceed 10k words.)

‘Fantastic Frights’ are out and out fiction, the kind of stories there’s no way to fake.  We’re talking full-scale zombie apocalypse, axe-wielding clowns, and the works.

Guideline: 5k-10k words. Above or below this limit, within reason, is fine.  (Not to exceed 10k words.)

Note that we cannot take characters or fiction that is not 100% original, though loving homage is always appreciated and encouraged.


*Prize money is divvied up as follows:

1st place: 100 dollars plus contributor’s copy

2nd place: 50 dollars plus contributor’s copy

3rd place: 25 dollars plus contributor’s copy

All 7 runner-ups have the choice to have their pieces printed in our Samhain 2018 edition, and will receive a contributor’s copy as payment for their entry.


All payments will be delivered via Paypal, Venmo, or awarded in person.



Got it all down?  Go ahead and submit to us today!

Via: Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly.

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