The JUST A POE BOY Short Story Contest

SHORT STORY CONTEST GUIDELINES

In 900 words or less write a horror story dealing with psychological trauma, fear and confusion for a single protagonist.

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS?

Poe was known for ‘The Raven’ and “The Black Cat’ among other stories. Include an animal of some kind in the story and have them play a significant role in the plot.

Though there should only be one ‘protagonist’ you can include other human characters.

WHERE SHOULD IT BE SET?

The story can be set anywhere and anytime except Renaissance France

WHEN IS THE DUE DATE?

The deadline is April 17 for an April 24 winner announcement.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?

Beyond what has already been listed, make use of a special object or totem. Poe was a master of importing fear through hidden phobias, and subtle weirdness of the human condition. Use it.