Welcome all, to the April 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Indie authors, time to step it UP with Up & Up Media calling for your submissions! Check out our Sinister Superstar, Bernie Rutkay – Winner, Winner, Zombie Dinner! And Matthew R. Davis has been busy serving up some Sinister Slices. Also, there is still time to enter the AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition… Get crackin’!
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We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.
– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator
There are two categories for submission:Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.ENTRY FEE
AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to: email@example.com
The email subject should follow the format:
“AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author” or “AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author”
Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.
Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2016.
Competition closes 31st May 2016.
Winners will be announced in late June or early July.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Call for Submissions!
Up & Up Media are seeking INDIE authors to submit their work to an exciting new project to launch both Aussie authors and the company.
“Our big idea is to be what indie punk rock labels were for garage bands back in the day, but for indie writers of today. The garage bands of the literary world. We want to be the ones who nuture Nirvana’s first novel, Green Day’s first short story book, and we’re trying to get NoFX to drop their Zine through us… You get the picture, right?
“It’s grassroots, it’s exciting, and we don’t have no rules round these parts, so it’s whatever goes… “
The book will be fiction stories, mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy, and will hopefully contain upwards of 30 stories. At the conclusion of each story will be a page about the author, telling the reader what they’re about, what other stuff they have out or are working on, and where to find them.
Word count: Approx 2,000 words. If you go over, that’s okay though. We aren’t strict.
Payment: 7c Per Word, up to $100, for stories that will be published.
Theme: No particular theme, we want Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror, Or just plain Fiction. We aim to entertain our readers, give them something to think about, and showcase talent. We’re after stories that haven’t just been spilt out of a pen, but that the author is proud of. Remember, this is a spotlight to hopefully bring new readers into your fanbase and explore your other works.
For submission guidelines, go to http://www.upandupmedia.com.au/submissions.
The Heart of the Mission
by Matthew R. Davis
Published in The Refuge Collection series
by Matthew R. Davis
Published in Haunted by the Past
by Matthew R. Davis
Published in Quick Shivers About Bugs, The Daily Nightmare
Bernie Rutkay – WINNER of The Trifecta Award for a script that cleverly incorporates the three prompts for The Importance of Fresh Breath.
Category: Stranger With My Face Film Festival Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge 2016
AHWA Members Critique Groups
Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA. That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate. Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.
If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on. There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.
Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.
- Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
- Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.