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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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THE RULES


*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 two (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
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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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PRIZES:


1ST PLACE:
25K Awardicon
an appropriate Merit Badge
15,000 GPs.


2ND PLACE:
10K Awardicon
an appropriate Merit Badge
5,000 GPs.


3RD PLACE:
10K Awardicon
OR
appropriate Merit Badge
OR
10,000 GPs
(judges' choice unless specified in entry post)


HONORABLE MENTIONS (OPTIONAL):
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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JUDGES FOR THE CURRENT ROUND:


Jeff is Batman! » 2003396


SEPTEMBER PROMPT:


Write a story about a birthday party gone horribly, terribly wrong.


SEPTEMBER ROUND ENTRIES


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Past Rounds
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#2722111
by Goldammer · 08-23-14 @ 10:19 am
#2721956
by Jeff is Batman! » 2003396 · 08-22-14 @ 9:29 pm
#2719663
by Word Imperfect · 08-17-14 @ 1:26 am
#2700320
by Summer Wind is Healing · 06-26-14 @ 6:30 pm
#2700311
by Goldammer · 06-26-14 @ 5:55 pm
#2696024
by Koyel~ House Baratheon · 06-15-14 @ 11:10 pm
#2693784
by Rusty · 06-10-14 @ 8:41 pm
#2693500
by IntueyIGotCherTix! · 06-10-14 @ 10:27 am
#2684777
by Jeff is Batman! » 2003396 · 05-25-14 @ 12:09 pm
#2668707
by Darleen ~Nano Prepping~<3 · 04-30-14 @ 11:58 pm
#2659296
by Johnathen braun · 04-09-14 @ 12:16 pm
#2657855
by Run-on King - Pink for Leah · 04-06-14 @ 3:46 pm
#2654228
by DayDreamBeliever ~Away TFN~ · 03-30-14 @ 2:38 am
#2644771
by Odessa Molinari laughing · 03-17-14 @ 10:51 am

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