Halloween Story Competition 2016



Write a short story of 500-2000 words. Stories are to be submitted by *MONDAY 31st OCTOBER* and the winner will be announced on *WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER*.

All entries will be hosted on the blog. (unless you wish otherwise, just let us know)

Stories can be submitted via the form below or sent to gucreativewritingsociety@gmail.com

When submitting your story please include a title, your name or at least initials (please do not leave anonymous) and your email address (this is crucial so we can contact you if you win).

And so you creative people can fuel your imagination with a brand new book. The winner will receive a £10 Waterstones gift card and the runner up will receive a £5 Waterstones gift card.



Write a short story of 500-2000 words. The story should be in align with either the gothic, thriller or horror genres.

Do not feel obliged to write a typical “monster” story with “blood and guts.” You may for example wish to write a ghost story, a psychological horror or perhaps a crime thriller with an unsettling twist.

You may wish to draw upon:

  • the concept of ‘the uncanny’ (everyday objects made unsettling),
  • Kristeva’s notion of abjection (the breakdown of one’s corporeal reality which invokes a sense of revulsion),
  • Gothic horror (focusing on romance surrounding death, and the mental instability of characters)
  • OR even the notion of the grotesque (the body in degradation, or bodies which have an excess, deficiency or combination of parts)


Use the quotations below to inspire your story. (In your submission please make reference to which quote you used):

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”        

(Friedrich Nietzsche- ‘Beyond Good and Evil’)

“I must have your soul ; must have it mine, and mine for ever.”

(Matthew Lewis- ‘The Monk’)

“Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.”                                                                                                                                                    

(Mary Shelley- ‘Frankenstein’)

“Nevertheless, life and death are mysterious states, and we know little of the resources of either.”              

 (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu- ‘Carmilla’)



As well as the main body of your story you are more than welcome to include personal illustrations, as well as photographs  or extracts of poetry that have influenced your story.

Good Luck. Happy Writing!


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