Writing Contest Open Submissions Free to Enter with $1,000 in Prizes!

February 15, 2018

We are very excited to announce a new Dark Regions Press writing contest! Send us your best horror flash fiction story ranging from 10 to 1,000 words based on a sole survivor stranded on a deserted island and you could win from $1,000 in prizes and have the story published in digital anthologies used to promote the stories, authors and press! Five stories will be selected as winners and each author who is selected will have Dark Regions Press featuring them in ads, newsletters and on the website!


WORD COUNT: 10 to 1,000 words

THEME: Horror story of a lone survivor on a deserted island

PAY: Contest with $1,000 Prize Pool - 1st place: $500 2nd place: $200 3rd place: $100 4th place: $100 5th place: $100 

ADDITIONAL: the 5 winning stories will be published in digital anthologies from Dark Regions Press where the authors will be credited. DRP will also feature the authors in our newsletters, ads and websites!

ENTRY FEE: None but you must be a subscriber to the Dark Regions Press e-mail newsletter to qualify which is free to join at darkregions.com/newsletter

SUBMISSION RULES: No reprints or stories published anywhere else before including author websites. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Only one submission per author for the duration of the contest. Story must be a horror flash fiction story no more than 1,000 words focusing on a sole survivor on a deserted island. 

TURNAROUND TIME/TIMELINE: all stories must be sent to Dark Regions Press by March 31st 2018. Our team will then read all of the stories and will select the 5 winners and issue prize money by Summer 2018. The winners will be announced exclusively in our e-mail newsletter after being contacted personally. The digital anthologies including the stories will be published throughout the 2nd half of 2018, 2019 and beyond.

RIGHTS: By entering this contest you agree that if you are selected as one of the 5 winners Dark Regions Press has the right to publish your winning story in digital anthologies and can offer these anthologies and/or the story for sale digitally. Two year exclusive digital rights. Your story is free to be published in any physical edition. It can also be published in Best Of anthologies within our 2 year exclusive digital rights period. After the two year digital exclusivity period the author is free to publish the story digitally anywhere else in any capacity. 

HOW TO SEND US YOUR MANUSCRIPT (READ CAREFULLY): please send us an e-mail with a subject line reading: "MY STORY TITLE - Dark Regions Press Writing Contest Deserted Island" then in the e-mail body please include a list of the following information:

  • Full name
  • Mailing address
  • Primary e-mail
  • Payment information (PayPal preferred)

Please refrain from including any credentials or other information, we wish to judge the stories purely based on the stories themselves! If you are selected as one of the winners we will ask for an author bio and photo (if available).

MANUSCRIPT MUST BE ATTACHED TO EMAIL AS A WORD DOCUMENT! .doc, .docx or .rtf are acceptable file types. 

Please make sure you have read the above instructions carefully.

Send your Word Doc manuscript of no more than 1,000 words to our writing contest e-mail at: darkregionswritingcontest@gmail.com

Please only use that e-mail for story submissions for our currently active writing contests! Any other submissions/e-mails to that address will be marked as spam.

Thank you and we can't wait to read everyone's lone survivor deserted island horror stories!