Halloween in the Summer? Inkshares Seeks Horror Stories

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If you write horror stories, now is your chance to scare up a book deal. The Inkshares 2017 Horror Contest will publish three or more manuscripts based on their popularity and judges’ choices. The contest is open until Halloween.

Why the focus on horror? “A sad fact is that horror is the red-haired stepchild of traditional publishing,” according to Inkshares. “Only now with the ascendancy of horror franchises, runaway successes of self-published horror, and demonstrably large horror online communities are publishers waking up.”

Inkshares is a reader-driven publisher and producer based in Oakland, Calif. It has published mostly horror books since its founding in 2014.

The top three or more winners will be based on judging by a select panel and the number of pre-orders, which reflect reader interest. “There may be opportunities for the winners to develop their work into movies, television, and digital productions,” said the publisher.

The contest is co-sponsored by The Bloodlist, Dread Central, Horror Talk, and the Horror Writers Association of America.

You have until Oct. 31, 2017, to enter the writing contest. Read the contest rules.

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