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Horrorfest 2021-2022

We are so pleased you’re here! Give us your ghosts, werewolves, vampires, witches, zombies, and everything that goes bump-in-the-night!


Beginning September 1, 2021, Next Journey Books and It’s Your Book Coaching are swinging open their creaking wooden doors to welcome writers to the Horrorfest Contest. Doors slam shut on November 1, 2021.


Submission Rules:

  • Submission window is September 1 to November 1, 2021.

  • Submit your short story, or stories, via this link.

  • Winners will be announced on or before February 1, 2022.

  • Submission price is NOT per story. Authors may submit up to three (3) short stories at the prices listed below! Multiple stories are treated as a bundle. (If submitting more than one.)

  • You pay the price of your longest story, i.e. if one is 7,000-10,000 words, pay $35 (USD), if your longest is under 7,000 words, pay $25 (USD).

  • There are NO cash prizes, but your work will become part of our Horror compilation. 

Additional guidelines/information:

1. Entries must be original and not previously published.

2. Submissions must include full name, email address, story title, and word count.

3. Only Word documents (.doc or .docx) will be accepted. We do not accept Google Docs, hyperlinks, or any other material sources. 

4. Entries must:

 * Be in English and author’s original work

 * Be double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 point Times New Roman font.

 * All submission pages must have the manuscript title, last name, and page numbers listed in the upper right-hand corner.

5. Entrance fee is non-refundable.

6. Failure to follow instructions will result in disqualification. 

Submissions will be vetted and winners chosen by Author Accelerator certified book coaches, authors, and editors, Mark Krepps and Elli Comeau. 

Click the button below to get started.


(Fantasy Anthology is coming soon. Stay tuned.)


Q: Do I have to include ghosts, werewolves, vampires, witches, zombies, or anything that goes bump-in-the-night in my horror story?

A: No. Anything scary, including psychological horror, terror, trembling, or shaking, will be accepted. It’s not about the blood splatter! (Even though that’s nice, too!) 

Q: Will my story be copyrighted?

A: Your story is automatically copyrighted when you write it. You do not relinquish your copyright when submitting. If you are chosen as a winner, you will provide us with written permission to publish your short story in E-book and/or print-on-demand format. Naturally, you will be given full credit and recognition, since it is your work, after all.

Q: If I am selected as one of the winners, will my story be edited?

A: Yes, we reserve the right to perform edits in collaboration with the author.

Q: Can all of my stories win, or only one?

A: If your allowable 3 submissions, any number of your entries may be selected as winners, including all three.

Q: What if my three stories have different lengths, which price do I pay?

A: You pay the price of your longest story, i.e. if one story is 7,000-10,000 words, you pay $35 (USD), if your longest story is under 7,000 words, you pay $25 (USD).


Q: How many winners will you choose?

A: That depends on story length. Our intention is to give exposure to as many talented authors as possible. With that said, we cannot predict the length at this time.

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