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Contest: Shallow Waters Flash Fiction May 2024 Contest

May 31

Deadline: May 31st, 2024
Prizes: Winner: 3 cents per word, second place: 2 cents per word, 3rd place: 1 cent per word.
Theme: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stephen King’s tale of teenage retribution, Carrie. To commemorate this momentous milestone, this month’s theme is “Coming of Rage.

As one of the winners of last month’s contest, Philip Harris has agreed to host this month. Here’s the theme:

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stephen King’s tale of teenage retribution, Carrie. To commemorate this momentous milestone, this month’s theme is “Coming of Rage.”

Show us what happens when the thin veneer of humanity shatters. We want to see your tales of anger, of vengeance, of ordinary people driven to extremes and the carnage they leave behind. Stories of teenage angst written in blood, of murderous retirement home feuds, of parents who just can’t face listening to that song again!”

Before we get to the submission guidelines, please know that only the top 15 to 20 stories will be posted on our Patreon page for our patrons to vote on. The winner will receive $0.03 per word, publication, and an Author Spotlight on our newsletter and Patreon page. The second-place winner will receive $0.02 a word, and the third place winner $0.01 per word. The winner will also have the option of hosting the following month’s contest for an additional $50. Second and third-place authors will also be invited to be published in our newly-announced Hotel Macabre anthology series, which will include flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and a few other surprizes. Out Halloween, 2024.

 

Submission guidelines:

-Max 1,500 words
-Submit your entry in the body of an email to [email protected] (no attachments)
-The email subject line should be the story’s title and your author name / pseudonym
-The deadline is midnight at the end of May, wherever in the world you may reside.
-No multiple submissions (only your best story)
-Reprints are allowed if they naturally fit the theme.
-Put your bio below your story (max 500 words).
Please take note… You do not need to be a Crystal Lake Patreon patron to enter. This is a contest and only the top three placing stories receive payment. If you’re chosen as a finalist, our $5-a-month and higher tier patrons will read all the entries, posted one per day, and vote for a winner at the end of the month. Some editors/publishers may consider having your story posted on a subscription-based platform, like Patreon, as a first publication. If your story does not win, we will remove it upon request. Patreon now offers a 7-day free trial, so you can join us on Patreon as a reader or author and give us a chance to impress you. The trials are available on the $5 tiers (there’s one for authors and one for readers). These tiers (and the ones above them) will give you full access to all the stories as well as all our other content.

Via: Crystal Lake Publishing’s Patreon.

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