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Competition: Could you write a winning story?

Do you love tales that are weird and eerie? Fancy yourself as a bit of a Marjorie Bowen or Algernon Blackwood? Then read on . . .

Weird Fiction - British Library x Heffers Writing Competition (42410434)
Weird Fiction - British Library x Heffers Writing Competition (42410434)

To celebrate the manifestation of Chill Tidings: Dark Tales of the Christmas Season, the latest book in the Tales of the Weird series, Heffers bookshop is running a writing competition! ‘Sudden fiction’ to be precise – that’s stories of between 500 and 750 words. The winner will receive a full set of 19 Tales of the Weird anthologies published by The British Library, who are kindly providing this excellent prize. The runner up will receive a copy of Chill Tidings.

Your story must include one of these sentences somewhere within:

‘And then came explanation–the sort of explanation dreams bring.’

‘I stared down, in a sickening maze of new frights.’

‘It was as bright as at midday, but the brightness was cold, blue, vaporous, supernatural.’

To enter, submit your story to events@heffers.co.uk by midnight on October 31 2020. The judging panel comprises a Heffers bookseller, a representative from British Library Publishing and Edward Parnell, author of Ghostland. Velvet will print the winning tale in the December issue. For Tcs and Cs click here .

Weird Fiction

The British Library Tales of the Weird series collects a thrilling array of uncanny storytelling, from the realms of gothic, supernatural and horror fiction. With stories ranging from the 19th century to the present day, this series revives long-lost material from the Library’s vaults to thrill again alongside beloved classics of the weird fiction genre.

Since the publication of a volume of strange sea stories, From the Depths, in 2018, the series now includes anthologies on many subjects including eerie train stories, tales of killer plants, weird tattoo fiction and lost stories from the women authors of the early pulp magazines. The series also includes single-author anthologies reviving some of the greatest authors in the genre such as Vernon Lee and William Hope Hodgson.

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