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Contest: Tales to Terrify: Flash Fiction Contest Spring 2024

March 1

Deadline: March 1st, 2024
Prize: Audio narration and $50
Theme: Secret Societies

They thrive in the shadowed corridors of history, shrouded in mystery and clandestine pursuits. Unlike cults, secret societies are not defined by coercive ideologies or charismatic leaders, but rather by the allure of exclusive knowledge, shared rituals and covert influence. These clandestine organizations operate beyond the prying eyes of the mainstream, their members bound by oaths of secrecy. Within their hidden chambers, ancient rites and esoteric wisdom are passed down through generations, shaping destiny and the world as we know it.

Contest Rules

  • The story must have horror elements and relate to the theme of Secret Societies. Secret societies are distinct from cults in that they don’t operate based on a specific dogma and focus on manipulating outcomes to further their own nefarious agendas. Other than this distinction, how you choose to interpret that theme is up to you, but it must be central to the story.
  • The image included on this page is for interest purposes only and not intended as a prompt.
  • Deadline to submit is March 1, 2024 (11:59pm CST)
  • It must be previously unpublished.
  • Submissions must be in English, but authors from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit.
  • A minimum of ONE winner will be announced on or before May 1, 2024. The top flash piece will be produced for audio narration on Tales to Terrify and receive $50 (USD). Up to four runners up may also be considered for production.
  • Authors retain the rights to their submitted stories.

Submission Format

  • up to 1,000 words
  • Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format
  • Double spaced
  • 12 pt. Courier New or Times New Roman font

Please include author, title and word count on first page.

Stories pasted into the body of an email will be rejected without being read.


For further details on submission criteria and what styles/topics of horror fiction we look for, please check out our standard Submissions page.


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