Written by Emily Harstone February 2nd, 2017

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest is a fee free competition running this spring. It is being hosted by the HorrorAddicts.net podcast.

Think of The Next Great Horror Writer Contest as Project Runway for horror writers. Except it is a podcast, so there is no need for anyone to be on camera.

Writers are put through a series of challenges and judged by a variety of accomplished judges. At the end of the contest, a winner will be declared based on points received throughout the challenges.

The judges include the author Annette Curtis Klause, producer and director Frank H. Woodward, and the author and editor Dairo Ciriello.

The winner will receive a variety of prizes including a book contract with Crystal Lake Publishing (who has published Neil Gaiman and Wes Craven.).

Winners of individual competitions during the larger competition will also receive prizes, some paying, some not.

You must apply to participate by March 1st, 2017. The competition runs from March through October.

In order to participate you must meet the following qualifications

You must be 18 years or older. (Or will be 18 by March 1, 2017)
*You must not currently be a HorrorAddicts.net staff member.
*You must be able to write and communicate in English, even if it’s your second language.
*You have to be a newbie—meaning you do not have a book-sized publication for sale with a publisher. Nothing over 10,000 words can be for sale by anyone but yourself. So self-pub authors are eligible.
*You are committed to doing your best to complete in each challenge by the deadline and in theme. Challenges run from March 2017-October 2017.

To learn more about the opportunity visit their website here.


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