Fresh off their Exit Earth: Short Story Competition, Storgy Magazine has just announced the Shallow Creek: Short Story Competition. Before getting to the details of the competition, take a moment to get introduced to Shallow Creek

Set in the fictitious town of Shallow Creek, the owner of an occult shop called ‘Colt’s Curiosity Corner,’ has invited the writer to stay in Shallow Creek for a while and get inspired to write a short story, with the aim of helping increase the town’s fledgling tourism revenue. Shallow Creek once used to be a vibrant oddity, replete with its own strange paranormal activities. People used to come from all over the world to try and catch a glimpse of the legendary three-headed beast that stalks Silverpine Forest, or to experience true fear and shudder in terror at the tales of experimentation and torture within the walls at Arkady Asylum….Mallum Colt, proprietor of Colt’s Curiosity shop, will be the writer’s guide over the next several months as he attempts to put together a tome of nerve jangling stories to get the crowds back into Shallow Creek.

The Competition:

The aim is that we will accept stories from writers across the world – once they have logged onto the site and entered the competition, each writer will be given a CHARACTER, LOCATION in the town and an ITEM that they need to include in their short story of up to 5,000 words (a map of the town and character dossier is also included with the reply) – they’ll have three months to write a spine chilling story set within Shallow Creek.

Our ultimate goal is to create an anthology of short stories that almost interlink with one another. So a character mentioned in one story as a main protagonist, could briefly pop up in another tale – it’s a bold undertaking but we feel that the book would have a great draw of the eerie, weird and strange with elements of horror and suspense – where all bets are off. Think Silent Hill, Innesmouth, Hobb’s End and Castle Rock, all rolled into one creepy town.

Competition Details:

The Period for Submissions has opened, and the deadline for receipt of entries is 11:00pm, August 31st 2018


1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £50

Finalists will be published in SHALLOW CREEK


One entry per author

Written in English

A maximum of 5,000 words


Font: Cambria, 12pt, black

Double spaced

Front page with title of the story, character name, location, and word count


The Award is open to all

The story must not contain more than 5,000 words

The entry must be submitted by the author or his/her representative

Only one entry per author permitted

Critically acclaimed author Naomi Booth will judge our shortlist entries.

For complete details and to enter the contest, please visit:

For more details on Shallow Creek, please visit:

For an example of their previous competition and the results, check out…

EXIT EARTH includes fiction of all fourteen finalists from the STORGY EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition, as judged by critically acclaimed author Diane Cook (Man vs. Nature). EXIT EARTH EXTRA contains additional stories by award winning authors M R Cary (The Girl With All The Gifts), Toby Litt (Corpsing), James Miller (Lost Boys), Courttia Newland (A Book of Blues), and David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals), in addition to stories written by the STORGY team: Tomek Dzido, Ross Jeffery, Alice Kouzmenko, Tabitha Potts, and Anthony Self. With exclusive artwork by Amie Dearlove, HarlotVonCharlotte, CrapPanther, and cover design by Rob Pearce.

About Storgy Magazine:

STORGY was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and engage with readers and artists alike. An online literary short story magazine consisting of a core group of dedicated writers, STORGY aims to inspire artistic collaboration and provide opportunities for creative minds to meet.

STORGY seeks to publish and promote exceptional literary fiction whilst providing authors with the opportunity to reach a wider literary audience. We take pride in discovering new and emerging talent, whilst also celebrating the work of established writers. If you have a passion for short fiction and an urge to weld with ink, read on to discover more about STORGY and our mission.

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