Frightening Fiction – Free Writing Contest

bg[1] Whether you write the classic horror stories, vampire romance novels or gothic short stories, scare everyone half to death with your next story in the BookRix free Frightening Fiction writing contest. Now’s your time to shine as a ghastly, nightmare-giving, gruesome writer!

There are only a few limitations: each book must be at least 25 BookRix pages long and must have a cover.

Get chills down your spine with our thrilling prizes:
First place: $800
Second place: $500
Third place: $300
Plus, become a free member of the Into the Darkness group and participate in the horror-related activities, discussions and writing challenges that will take place there.

This contest will be run a little differently from past contests: there will be a submissions period and a community voting period that do not overlap. Contestants are asked to submit their work during the submissions period between September 27 and October 18, 2010. After the submissions period, your fellow BookRix members can vote for the books to make up the top 10 between October 19 and November 2, 2010.

BookRix members also can nominate their favorite contest books for wildcards between October 22 and October 29, 2010. As usual, the top ten books and wildcard picks will advance to the independent jury to judge which books will win first, second and third place. Winners will be announced once the judging is complete on or before December 8.


  • Submissions period for books – September 27 – October 18
  • Community Voting – October 19, 2010, to November 2, 2010
  • Top Ten and Wildcard Winners Announced – November 12, 2010
  • Jury Voting – November 12, 2010, to December 3, 2010
  • Top 3 Winners Announced – December 8, 2010

We have prizes for BookRix readers, too!

Not ready to join in and submit your writing? You can still help your fellow BookRixers by reading their contest books and voting for your favorite submitted stories. Our readers choose the winners with their voting selections, so make sure to recommend and vote for your favorite contest books!

With your vote, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win one of ten Amazon gift cards – worth $20 each!

So authors, start writing, and fans get ready to start reading!

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