Ed Dempster has just announced the details of this years Cafe Doom short story competion Details below 

They are looking for the best in original horror fiction in 3000 words or less: classically-styled tales in the tradition of writers like Richard Mattheson, Stephen King and Robert Bloch, yet wholly original and modern.They are  open to all themes and subgenres, as long as it’s effectively written and, above all, scary. The winning entry will be published in a future volume of One Buck Horror, and receive a professional payment rate of 5 cents per word.

All entries must conform to their  submission guidelines, which can be found at

What happens is each entrant has to join the Cafe Doom forum (if they’re not already a member), then send their entry to blunted (at) via an e-mail attachment in .rtf or .txt format, single spaced, line breaks instead of indents to denote paragraphs, and use BB Code to format any italics, etc.

In the body of the e-mail, they must state their forum name and the title of their story. DO NOT POST YOUR STORY IN THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL.

On 31st October, the day following the closing date of the competition, all the stories will be posted anonymously on one forum thread by the forum admin. Thereafter, and for the following seven days (may be extended to fourteen if we’re swamped with submissions), the entrants must read the entries, and vote for their top three favourite stories on another forum thread. Failure to vote will result in the entrant being disqualified and their story being stripped of its points. Christopher Hawkins will choose the winning stories from the top ten entries.

To summarise –

Prizes as follows:

1st place – Pro rate of pay, plus publication by One Buck Horror.

2nd place – $100 Amazon voucher.

3rd place – $50 Amazon voucher.

In addition to this Edwill give One Buck Horror anthologies to the authors of my three favourite stories.

Theme – open, horror.

Word limit – 3,000

Closing date – 30th October 2011

Be aware that One Buck Horror may require the author of the winning story to make changes to it in order to meet their editorial standards. As with any other market, the magazine will sometimes ask their authors to make a few edits and additions to keep the editor happy.


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