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The e-zine Lost in the Dark is running its first contest! The Southern Halloween Short Story Contest will open to entries on June 15, 2004 and close on August 15, 2004. Winners will be announced on September 1, with publication following in the Autumn issue of the e-zine. There is no entry fee.

A few rules:

Stories must be set in the southern U.S. (south of the Mason-Dixon line, east of Texas), and revolve on or around Halloween.

5,000 word limit (not including title and byline).

No reprints.

E-subs only, sent as RTF or WORD attachments.


First place $30; second place $20; third place $10; one honorable mention- publication (hey, it's not much, but we're just starting out).

You can check out the complete guidelines at:

Find the Southern horror within you.

Have fun.

Creep yourself out.

Creep me out.

Send your best.

"S is for SUSAN who perished of fits
T is for TITUS who flew into bits..."--The Gashlycrumb Tinies, by Edward Gorey


The following comments are for "The Southern Halloween Short Story Contest"
by Elphaba

man, nothing creepy happened in my part of the south
I thought this one had my name on it.. Southern, halloween. Drat. I can't think of one creepy thing that has happened in my, er, uh, few years on this earth.. Well, a friend of my used to throw their underwear at the wall every morning. After a week of this I had to ask. They told me when it stuck, it was time to change them. Nasty and creepy..

( Posted by: captainkeyboard [Member] On: May 15, 2004 )

I'm looking forward to seeing what all the entries bring. IMO, there can never be enough good Southern horror. :)

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: May 19, 2004 )

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