Some of you who know me over on Facebook may know about my work with Joe Mynhardt over at Crystal Lake Publishing, combine that with the release of Horror 101: The Way Forward & now I have an author page. So if you click here you can cringe over it like I do every time I see it!
Add onto this the release of Tales from the Lake Vol One, we now enter the big competition which seems to be going incredibly well- Tales from the Lake Vol Two. We already have a whole host of amazing authors involved…but we need something so very unique. You. yes, you there…the one with stories filling your head…we need you. We need that sublime piece of terror that will haunt us & leave us with absolutely no choice but to go ahead & publish you!
The contest will start May 30th, the same day as the release of Tales from The Lake Vol.1, and continue over a two month period, with results being announced between end of September and Halloween (depending on the number of entries). Be sure to purchase a $4.99 eBook or $12.99 paperback copy to check out last year’s winning stories: https://www.facebook.com/events/701894416536746/?source=1
Your judges will myself, Ben Eads, Jim Goforth and Joe Mynhardt.
In an attempt for a more streamlined competition than last year, there will be only two rounds this year.
Round 1: You have 150 words to divide between the synopsis and the opening of your story (title and byline do not count towards the 150 words). So, for example, if you can summarize your entire story in 30 words, you’ll have 120 words left to hook us with your opening. The synopsis must hook the judges, but not be too vague (find a balance). You can use less than 150 words, but not more. Submit your round 1 entry in the body of an email to email@example.com, subject line: Tales from The Lake Entry. We will only accept round 1 entries between the 30th of May to the 30th of June.
Round 2: Those who make it past the judges will receive an email stating that they can submit their entire story as an attachment in round two, which is from the 1st to the 31st of July.
3rd: Your story in Tales From the Lake Vol.2; one contributor’s copy; $20; a 10,000 word edit by Joe Mynhardt; any one Crystal publish eBook published at the time of announcing the winners.
2nd: Your story in Tales From the Lake Vol.2; one contributor’s copy; $30; a 20,000 word edit by Joe Mynhardt; any two Crystal publish eBooks published at the time of announcing the winners.
1st: Your story in Tales From the Lake Vol.2; $40; one contributor’s copy; bragging rights; a 30,000 word edit by Joe Mynhardt; all Crystal publish eBooks published at the time of announcing the winners.
The final story must be between 3000 and 7000 words.
You must be the author of the story you submit.
Said story must be original and not previously published in any format.
Only one submission per person via email.
If your story is accepted by another publisher during the competition period, please inform us immediately (so simultaneous submissions are allowed).
There is no theme or topics, as long as it’s horror, weird or suspenseful.
You should only submit a synopsis with the opening of your story (max 150 words divided between the synopsis and the opening), sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in the body of an email. Your synopsis must hook us, but not too vague.
You will be emailed if we want you to submit the full story, which should be between 3000 and 7000 words.
Round 1 starts May 30th and ends June 30th.
Since there are no fees for this competition, please support Crystal Lake Publishing and our authors by purchasing a book, leaving reviews for the books you’ve already read, or just spreading the word about the company and this competition.