The Guardian and Hodder have announced a new short story contest which ought to interest any writers of genre fiction…
The maestro of modern horror, Stephen King, will judge the contest and the winning story will be published on the Guardian website. The winner will also get to take part in a Guardian Masterclass run by King’s editor, Philippa Pride.
Stories must be 4000 words or less, previously unpublished, and inspired by the following (admittedly vague) brief by Stephen King:
“There’s something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like a waltz with a stranger you will never see again, or a kiss in the dark, or a beautiful curio for sale at a street bazaar.”