GSHW Contests

The Twentieth Annual
Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers
Short Story Contest

Theme:

HAARPING ON CONSPIRACIES

1970s paranoia is back in fashion, but with a 21st century technological edge.  Does the NSA listen in on every little tweet?  Will drones watch over the backyards of America?  And what exactly is HAARP (the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), with its high-power radio frequency transmitter facility located deep in the Alaskan wilderness?  Is the Air Force really studying the ionopshere, or is electronically tickling the Northern Lights a cute cover for more sinister experiments in weather manipulation, satellite disruption and mind control?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to impress us with the wildest conspiracy you can imagine, whether inspired by current events like those above or drawn completely from your worst hypothetical fears.  All genres will be considered, and the subject matter need not be limited to modern, scientific skullduggery.  Freemasonry, ancient cabals, cults, secret societies and good, old-fashioned assassination plots are just as welcome.

Submission Period:  The contest opens April 1, 2014 and closes July 31, 2014.

Eligibility and Prizes:  The contest is open to everyone, including Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.  All authors will receive written critiques from each of three first round judges.  The top three stories will move on to the second round, judged by Hildy Silverman, editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine.  The 1st Place story will be published in a future issue of S&T, as per editor’s timeline and discretion, and the author will receive the Graversen Award ($75), in honor of the GSSW’s founder, Patricia Graversen.  The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $40 and $25, respectively.  There is NO ENTRY FEE.  Multiple submissions are NOT allowed.

Format:  Stories must be original and unpublished.  Manuscripts must be double spaced and no more than 4000 words in length (firm).  Judging is blind, so please remove identifying information from the manuscript, including all headers and footers.  Only the title should precede the text on the first page of the manuscript.  Failure to meet these conditions will result in disqualification.

Where to Submit:  Electronic submissions ONLY.  Email manuscripts as an attachment in .rtf file format to contest@gshw.net.  Include contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, email address) in the body of the email and note the story title in the subject line.

Contest results will be announced at the GSSW’s meeting on November 1, 2014 at the public library in Old Bridge, NJ.  All entrants are invited to attend.  For directions, please visit our website at www.gshw.net. Prize money will be issued in the form of a check payable to winner.  Winners unable to attend the meeting will receive their prizes by mail.  All contestants will be notified of the results via email and receive critiques no more than 30 days after the public announcement.

Download Contest Guidelines (PDF)

 


*** PRIOR CONTESTS ***

19th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest
Winners!

The GSSW is pleased to announce the winners of the
19th Annualk Short Story Contest:

***** 1st Place: "What Adam Said" by Jeff Bradley *****
*** 2nd Place: "The Storm Witch" by Ray Engelberg ***
** 3rd Place: "Crossing the Zero" by John Weber **
Congratulations to all!

Download 19th Annual Contest Guidelines (15KB, ***REVISED*** PDF)

 


18th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest
Guidelines

***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 31, 2012!***

Download 18th Annual Contest Guidelines (86KB, PDF)

The Garden State Horror Writers is pleased to announce the
18th Annual Writing Contest and Graversen Award!

The theme of the 2012 contest is THE TERROR OF TECHNOLOGY.  Technology today can be scary.  You now have a digital profile on the internet, Nokia is creating a tattoo ink that will vibrate when your cell phone rings, and social websites have the ability to start revolutions.  We are looking for stories that illustrate just how horrific technology can be.  Your entry must be no more than 4,000 words. Genres can be Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller.

First place prize is $75, the Graversen Award, and publication in Space and Time Magazine.  The second place prize is $40, and third place prize is $20. Each eligible entry will be scored and critiqued by published authors and/or editors and the top five entries will be judged by Hildy Silverman, editor of Space and Time Magazine and the award winning editor, Ellen Datlow.

Contest opens April 30th and closes July 1st.  Winners will be announced at the GSHW's October meeting.

The Rules:

  1. 1. Word limit: Up to 4,000 words.
  2. 2. Theme: THE TERROR OF TECHNOLOGY
  3. 3. Entries must be unpublished and not accepted by a publisher at the time of contest entry.  ENTRIES FROM PREVIOUS GSHW CONTEST ARE INELLIBLE.
  4. 4. Entry Fees are $7.50 ($4.50 for GSHW members). Payment can be made via Paypal or by mailing a check (payable to GSHW). Include your name or story title on the memo portion of the check. Send check payments to: GSHW Writing Contest C/O Neil Morris, Treasurer   345 Morgan Avenue, Old Bridge, NJ 08857. You may enter as many times as you like, but you must pay the entry fee for each submission.

  5. 5. Email Submissions ONLY. Email Submission Format: Story file must be sent as an attached .RTF (Rich Text Format). Send submissions to contest@gshw.net with the subject "GSHW Contest 2012". Please copy the title page information into the body of the email as well as note whether payment was by check or Paypal.
  6. 6. Standard manuscript format: double-spaced, on one side of each page only, and a page number and title (not your name) in the upper right hand corner of each subsequent page. 12pt Courier font. (Atlernate acceptable fonts: Courier New or Times New Roman)
  7. 7. Title page should include: Name, Mailing address and phone number, e-mail address, Title of story, genre, and word count. Do not put your name on the subsequent pages.
  8. 8. Critiques will be sent via email to eligible contestants within 30 days after announcement of contest winners.
  9. 9. Payment must be received before submission will be judged. If a check is mailed as payment it must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2012.
  10. 10. Winners will be announced during the GSHW's October meeting. Prize money will be issued in the form of a check payable to winner.

NOTE: Disregarding any of the rules and guidelines will disqualify your entry with no exceptions.

Winners unable to attend the meeting will receive their prizes by mail. Decision of the judges is final. Entries are assigned to the judges solely by the contest committee at random – no requests, no exceptions. Score sheets and critiques will be e-mailed at the end of the contest.

Good Luck!

 

 


17th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest
WINNERS

The GSHW would like to congratulate:


George R. Galuschak 1st place winner for "Society of Dead Milkman"
Jason Radak 2nd Place winner for "Night Spiders"
Ray Engleberg 3rd Place winner for "Bastion"


Download 17th Annual Contest Guidelines (92KB, PDF)

The Garden State Horror Writers is pleased to announce the
17th Annual Writing Contest and Graversen Award!

The theme of the 2011 contest is THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT.  Genres can be horror, science fiction, fantasy, or some derivative. 

First prize is $75, the Graversen Award, and publication in Space and Time Magazine. The second prize is $40, and third prize $20. Each eligible entry will be scored and critiqued by published authors and/or editors and the top five entries will be judged by award winning editor, Ellen Datlow, and Hildy Silverman, editor of Space and Time Magazine and Vice President of the GSHW.

Contest opens May 1 and closes July 31st. Deadline extended to August 31, 2011.  Winners will be announced at the GSHW's November meeting.

The Rules:

1. Word limit: Up to 4,000 words.

2. Theme: THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

3. Entries must be unpublished and not accepted by a publisher at the time of contest entry.  Previous winning entries, including honorable mentions, will not be accepted. 

4. Entry Fees are $7.50 ($4.50 for GSHW members). Payment can be made via Paypal or by mailing a check (payable to GSHW). Include your name or story title on the memo portion of the check. Send check payments to: GSHW Writing Contest C/O Neil Morris, Treasurer   345 Morgan Avenue, Old Bridge, NJ 08857. You may enter as many times as you like, but you must pay the entry fee for each submission.

5. Email Submissions ONLY. Email Submission Format: Story file must be sent as an attached .RTF (Rich Text Format). Send submissions to contest@gshw.net with the subject GSHW Contest 2011. Please copy the title page information into the body of the email as well as note whether payment was by check or Paypal.

6. Standard manuscript format: double-spaced, and a page number and title (not your name) in the upper right hand corner of each subsequent page. Use  12pt Times New Roman font.

7. Title page should include: Name, Mailing address and phone number, e-mail address, Title of story, genre, and word count.

8. Critiques will be sent via email to eligible contestants within 30 days after announcement of contest winners.

9. Payment must be received before submission will be judged. If a check is mailed as payment, it must be postmarked no later than July August 31, 2011.

10. Winners will be announced during the GSHW's November meeting. Prize money will be issued in the form of a check payable to winner.

NOTE: Disregarding any of the rules and guidelines will disqualify your entry with no exceptions.

Winners unable to attend the meeting will receive their prizes by mail. Decision of the judges is final. Entries are assigned to the judges solely by the contest committee at random – no requests, no exceptions. Critiques will be e-mailed at the end of the contest.

16th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest

Winners

First Place and Graversen Winner: "The Awakening" by Larry Hodges

Second Place: "Until I Come Again" by Justin Gustainis

Third Place: "Theater Crowd" by Joe Nazare

Honorable Mention: "Brujah-ha" by Lisa Fary

Honorable Mention: "Angelica Smiles" by Bill Mingen

Congratulations to the winners!

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The Garden State Horror Writers is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Writing Contest and Graversen Award!

The theme of the 2010 contest was CONTACT in any form, and no more than 4,000 words.

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15th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

W I N N E R S
Dina Leacock, "Tips"
Robin Tiffany, "Hopeful" (Second Place)
George Galuschak, "Hillbilly Frankenstein" (Third Place).

 

GUIDELINES (PDF, 24KB) - Note: Contest Deadline extended to JULY 31!


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Prior Year Winners

14th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winne

1st Place: Tim Kane for "Moth and Rust"
2nd Place: Joe Nazare for "The Hand You're Dealt"
3rd Place (tie): Danielle McPhail for for "Dust Devils" & John Correll for "Mac Enroy and Me"

13th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "Reins in the Night Season" by Lorne Dixon
2nd: "Gods of Baseball" by Patrick Lundrigan
3rd: "Queen of Goth and Sugar" by Cat Rambo

12th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "Soul Survivor" by Justin Gustainis of Plattsburg, NY
2nd: "Deal Breaker" also by Justin Gustainis
3rd: "Sick" by Gerri Mahn of Philadelphia, PA

11th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st:"The Quarry" by Julia Anderson
2nd: "Reporting Night" by Frank Schildiner
3rd: "Lake" by Kevin Lenihan

10th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "Until I Come Again" by Justin Gustainis
2rd: "Legendary" by A.K. Cotham
3rd: "The Moonman" by R.G. Evans

9th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "White Devil" by Neil Morris
2nd: "Good Intentions Alley" by Dayna Winters
3rd: "As Lightning Fall from Heaven" by CV Gelvin

8th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "The Gift" by Drew Beebe, Plainsboro
2nd: "Metempsychosis" by Drew Beebe, Plainsboro, New Jersey
3rd: "Redemption" by Vickie Britton, Laramie, Wyoming

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"Reverence" by Gerri Mahn, Hightstown, New Jersey
"Whatever Happened To" by Connie Cox, Shreveport, Louisiana

7th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "Getting Caught" by Maril Green Reilly
2nd (tie): "The Terrace" by Maureen Higgins & "Tuxedo Escape" by Carol MacAllister
3rd: "The Beach" by Noreen Braman

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"Chico's Hand" by Octavio Ramos, Jr.
"Transforma" by Constance Gelvin

6th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest Winners

1st: "Leader of the Pack" by Derry Cameron Sampey of Florida
2nd: "The Monkey Worker" by R.G. Evans
3rd: "In the Heat of the Knight" by John S. Richters

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
"Busy Signal" by Shikhar Dixit
"Face Value" by Barry Silverman

 

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