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April 25, 2015
9:16pm EDT

by Jeff
Rated: 13+ | Message Forum | Horror/Scary | #1556724
A monthly horror contest, open to everyone! Rounds end on the last day of the month.
Thanks to Coolhand for the wonderfully sinister Awardicon that first adorned this dark contest!
And thanks to Riot for the sadistically super-sized Awardicon that currently graces this dark contest!

Can you write a truly terrifying tale? Do you have a knack for frightening fiction? Are your stories... sinister? If so, you've come to the right place! Formerly known as the Necronomicon Contest, Sinister Stories is a monthly prompt-based short fiction contest hosted by "The Dark Society. The contest is open to all Writing.Com members, so if you think you're sick and twisted enough to take home the prize, then just follow the instructions below and prepare for judgment!

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*Flago* Only one entry per person, per round.

*Flago* The deadline for entries is the last day of the month @ 11:59PM WDC time.

*Flago* Anything 5,000 words or less is acceptable. Short fiction only, please.

*Flago* Please include a word count at the beginning or end of your story.

*Flago* Any genre, rating, or subject matter is allowed (as long as it incorporates the prompt).

*Flago* Post your entry as a bitem link in the forum below. Ex: {bitem:1556724}.

*Flago* Spelling and grammar count. While a typo or two will not be held against you, proofreading is an important part of the writing process. The judge(s) reserve the right to disqualify an entry on the basis of poor readability and/or quality.

*Flago* New items only (i.e. must have been created between the opening and closing dates of the current round).

*Flago* You may edit your stories at any time. However, they may be judged at any point after the contest deadline, so there are no guarantees that any changes you make after the deadline will be considered by the judges.

*Flago* All qualifying entries will receive a rating and public review.

*Flago* The judge(s) are solely responsible for determining the winners and eligibility of entries. The judges' decisions on all such matters are final.

*Flago* There must be at least three (3) eligible entries to award first place. There must be at least five (5) eligible entries to award first and second place. There must be at least seven (7) eligible entries in order for all three places to be given out. This is a competitive writing activity, not a "win by default" situation. If there are fewer than three entries in any given round, a consolation prize will be awarded. Honorable mentions (and the prizes for such) may be given at the judges' discretion.

*Flago* NEW RULE: Any winning story that receives a 5.0 star rating and qualifies for one of the prize packages below will receive an exclusive Dark Society Merit Badge as their "appropriate Merit Badge." The judge(s) do not give 5.0 ratings easily, so your entry really needs to impress if you want to get one of these:

Merit Badge in The Dark Society
[Click For More Info]

Congratulations on your new merit badge for your group,  [Link To Item #1556647] ! Thank you for supporting the Writing.Com community with your inspirations, participation and activities for our members. We appreciate it! -SMs

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25K Awardicon
an appropriate Merit Badge
15,000 GPs.

10K Awardicon
an appropriate Merit Badge
5,000 GPs.

10K Awardicon
appropriate Merit Badge
10,000 GPs
(judges' choice unless specified in entry post)

5,000 GPs

Cash Prize Policy

Donations are more than welcome. Any donations will go directly toward increasing the value of the prizes, in either the current or future rounds. Anyone who donates 50,000 GPs or more in any given round will receive a Merit Badge (you can donate and submit an entry for the same round). Please send all donations to The Dark Society (Group #1556647), with a note that it's for the Sinister Stories Contest. Or you can just send them in a forum post below! Smile

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Write a story where an evil genius' clever plan comes to fruition.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a grandiose Bond villain type plan,
but I want a dark scheme with a surprising twist I don't see coming.

"Sinister Stories: Previous Rounds
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by Jeff · 04-02-15 @ 3:35 pm
by NuThu · 03-15-15 @ 1:41 pm
by Jeff · 03-01-15 @ 12:41 am
by Jo · 02-28-15 @ 7:12 pm
by Jeff · 02-21-15 @ 2:17 pm
by Louisa Mullerworth · 02-16-15 @ 2:33 pm
by dblameck (David) · 02-14-15 @ 10:40 pm
by Jeff · 02-05-15 @ 2:12 pm
by Darleen ~ Queen of Darkness? · 01-31-15 @ 4:05 pm
by RICHARD · 01-28-15 @ 7:44 pm
by Jeff · 01-28-15 @ 6:42 pm
by Jeff · 01-28-15 @ 6:43 pm
by N/A · 02-05-15 @ 1:11 pm
by RICHARD · 01-28-15 @ 8:35 pm
by Kei-chan · 01-19-15 @ 7:55 am
by Jeff · 01-07-15 @ 2:43 pm
by Darleen ~ Queen of Darkness? · 12-30-14 @ 5:56 pm
by Tiggy · 12-22-14 @ 5:16 am
by Jeff · 12-04-14 @ 7:28 pm
by slick · 11-23-14 @ 12:34 pm
by Charlie [[❤]] · 11-12-14 @ 12:58 pm
by Jeff · 11-04-14 @ 1:41 pm

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