Member-Sponsored Hallowe’en “Ghosts and the Machine” Contest
|Deadline:||Oct 31, 2017|
Hallowe’en is a time for telling ghost stories around a fire, and for peeling back the skin of civilization. However, we have long shared our lives and our world with our helper tools, which have become increasingly complex, evolving from tools into machines. Let us therefore have some Dark Season tales of ghosts and machines (in which there may be no human involvement whatsoever).
The ghost(s) and the machine(s) must have a relationship of some sort, whether cause, result, unrequited hatred or love, symbiosis, evolution....
The machine(s) must be an essential part of the setting. Past times and future times are welcome. Steampunk and alternative history are welcome. Off-gridders are welcome. Non-Western cultures are welcome.
Stories may be up to 3,000 words, but flash is acceptable, too.
Prize money for this contest is provided by the Scribophile Writing Contest Prize Fund.
Winners have been announced! Log in to see them.
|1st prize:||$100 cash via PayPal|
|2nd prize:||$75 cash via PayPal|
|3rd prize:||$50 cash via PayPal|
Entries must be received before midnight, October 31, 2017 (UTC) and the winners will be announced soon thereafter.
Entries must be no more than 3,000 words, per Scribophile's count. We expect short stories, but will consider flash.
Multiple entries are not allowed.
No poetry, novel chapters, or memoir.
Entries must have Public visibility on Scribophile until winners are announced.
To enter the contest, post your work on Scribophile and tick the box that says “Enter this work into the Hallowe'en “Ghosts with the Machine” Contest.” Your work will automatically be considered.
The tickbox will be visible until the contest deadline, which is in UTC time. Entry is free, but you will need karma points to post your work. You can earn karma points by writing critiques of work by other members.