The Horrors & Heidegger Award

A horror short story contest due 26 June 2016.

Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.
Martin Heidegger

The Horrors & Heidegger Award

Writing Prompt

Compose a flash fiction horror short story about the power of language, words & communication (verbal and nonverbal). How you incorporate this element is up to you, but the story itself must fit into the broad genre of horror to qualify for the shortlist.


Horror in any form (psychological, supernatural, gore, thriller, teen scream etc. etc.)

Word Count

Up to 600 of your most fear inducing words.

Due Date

26 June 2016. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.

All entries receive feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format

A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

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