Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Infernal Flash Fiction Competition

The past month has seen The Infernal Clock performing strongly on Amazon, sharing shelf space with some amazing authors, and has had some wonderful reviews. To celebrate this, we are offering you the chance to win a print copy of the book AND have your story published on this site. In addition we will publish those stories placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th on this website over successive weeks in our countdown to announce the winner. The 2nd place runner up will also receive an ebook version of The Infernal Clock.

All we ask is that you use the following photo prompt for your horror story and include the word ‘infernal’.

Maximum word length: 500 words

Closing date: 03/06/2017

Announcement Schedule 
17th June 2017: 4th place story published on The Infernal Clock blog
24th June 2017: 3rd place published
1st July 2017:    2nd place published

8th July: Winner published.

 Please send your entries (as a .doc or .docx attachment) to and include a short 100 word bio together with any twitter or website links in the body of your email.

Judges: Steph Ellis, David Shakes

Good luck, we look forward to reading your entries.


  1. You may enter more than one story. There is no limit to the number of entries!

  2. I was recently asked about sharing of entries during the competition.

    Is there any restriction on sharing the content of the entries either before or afterwards?

    Me: I would say not before but after the final winner announcement is fine. Copyright remains with you. I will be doing initial judging and whittling entries down into a shortlist of about 10 depending on number of entries. I'll be sending these stripped of all ID to Shakes to blind judge the final placings so the less chance he has of seeing any ID the better. (Not that he's on FB!). Just for future reference we will probably be doing another anthology at some point in the future - not decided when yet as focussing on TIC - and we will be giving the winner special consideration should they wish to submit.


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