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Monster Mash 2016

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Monster Mash 2016

  • Flash Fiction Challenge
  • Submissions Accepted October 10-21
  • 500 Word Minimum / 750 Word Maximum
  • Choose one of the classic literary horror phrases below and use it EXACTLY in a story
“there is something at work in my soul” (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein)
“something wicked this way comes” (Shakespeare, Macbeth)
“in the midst of black seas of infinity” (H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu)

 

  • Post your story in the comments below.
    • Include your twitter handle
    • Include the word count
  • Use the hashtag #IADMM2016 to share this event and your stories
  • Prize packages announced October 16
  • Winners announced October 30

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Love Bites 2016 WINNERS

2016 Love Bytes

Fourteen Anti-Valentine tales were delivered to our inbox, each of them dark, wicked, and vengeful. They were everything we hoped for and more. Reading them was a delight and sharing them a joy. Judging them was an unspeakable torment, and for that, we thank you from the bottom of our depraved misshapen hearts! ❤

THE WINNERS 

Third Place: Ailsa Abraham | @ailsaabraham 

  1. Laura – Revenge for Valentines is always good and a 200-year wait made this tale even sweeter.
  2. Lisa – When you plan something, make sure you do it right, especially vengeance.
  3. Lizzie – Loved the dark humour in this fiery Valentine revenge.
  4. Ruth – Aged to perfection, like a fine wine, this tale of revenge is bold and satisfying.

Second Place: Michael Wombat | @wombat37

  1. Laura – This took me on the best dark journey. Loved it!
  2. Lisa – Poetry, ancient history, and a need to sate vengeful passion with a black twist of fate.
  3. Lizzie – A deliciously dark tale right from the poetic start. Loved it!
  4. Ruth – Filled with vivid images, poetic language, and bloody vengeance!

First Place: Eric Martell | @drmagoo  

  1. Laura – Passion, betrayal, and a dead body. All I need in a Valentine’s tale. Excellent story.
  2. Lisa – I was entranced from the title on. A tale of pure evil that teaches me never, ever, to presume. Deliciously dark and twisted.
  3. Lizzie – Ooh, I loved the grim and matter-of-fact way he dealt with his betrayer in this brilliant story!
  4. Ruth – When this apparent grieving widower goes from bitter to vindictive and embarks on a smartly planned journey of payback, the enormity of his monstrosity left me speechless!

 

Entrants: A hearty ‘Thank You’ to everyone who wrote, tweeted, and supported the entire Love Bites cast and crew.

Winners: Lisa will contact you via DM to settle up the prize accounts.

 

Love Bites 2016 Prize Package

This year’s prizes come to us from Amaranth Alchemy, run by mother and daughter team Lisa and Bekah Shambrook. Their art breathes new life into damaged and discarded books.

2016 Love Bytes Prizes

1st prize: ‘Poems of Robert Browning’ bookspine bookmark, Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ bookpage bookmark and ‘Sun’ Dictionary bookpage necklace.

2nd prize: Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ bookpage bookmark and Beatrix Potter’s ‘Tale of Two Bad Mice’ bookpage necklace.

3rd prize: Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ bookpage bookmark and Bram Stoker’s Dracula bookpage bookmark.

Love Bites 2016

2016 Love Bytes

 

  • Flash Fiction Challenge
  • Theme: Thwarted Love OR Vengeful Love
  • Submissions Accepted: January 29 – February 12, 2016
  • Word Count: 500 Word Minimum / 750 Word Maximum
  • Prize Package Announced: February 5, 2016
  • Winners Announced: February 14, 2016
  • Post stories in comment box below with word count and Twitter handle (or other way to notify you of victory).
  • Have questions? Contact one of our challenge hostesses: Lizzie, Lisa, Laura, Ruth

 

Tipsy Santa 2015 Prize Package

Holiday Prize

 

One lucky winner will receive a two month subscription to One Stop For Writers.

What’s that? You don’t know what OSFW is? Why, only the handiest writer’s companion an inkslinger could hope for. It’s an powerhouse online library supplying writers with inspiration, motivation, and descriptions. Perfect for that story you’re going to attack come New Year’s Day!

Tipsy Santa 2015

INK AFTER DARK is proud to host …

Tipsy Santa 2015

  • Flash Fiction Challenge
  • Submissions Accepted December 4-18
  • 500 Word Minimum / 750 Word Maximum
  • Post stories in comment box below with word count and Twitter handle (or other way to notify you of victory).

 

THEME ELEMENTS: Story must include both of the following:
  1. A winter holiday setting (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc)
  2. A tipsy winter holiday character (Santa, Pere Noel, Krampus, etc)
SHARE THE EVENT:
  • Use the hashtag ‪#‎IADTS2015‬ to share this event and your stories
  • Prize packages announced December 11
  • Winners announced December 21

 


Questions? Give us a holler in the comment box below or on Twitter:

Monster Mash Hostess Memo

By now, you’ve probably made your choice between Light and Dark.

Perhaps you’ve even picked your prompt.

We had devilish fun creating this challenge and can’t wait to read your stories.

As with everything we do here at Ink After Dark, choosing an unexpected prompt twist was a joint effort. The bonus: it was as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

  1. Brainstorm: We threw a bunch of crazy ideas against the wall and grinned like knuckleheads when one stuck.
  2. Draft: Next, it was time to un-cage our imaginations and whip up a batch of scary and zany titles.
  3. Vote: Finally, we got democratic, set up a poll, and voted for our favorites.

We worked hard to offer up the kind of strange brew prompts that would enable you to bring some monstrous Halloween fun to life.

To reward ourselves for a job well done, each of us chose a title from the cutting floor and used it to craft our very own Monster Mash story. We’ll be posting them this week in the comment box below. 😉

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Monster Mash Prize Packages

What’s in the Monster Mash Winner’s Baskets?

Will it be Tricks or Treats?

 

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DARK MONSTER MASH Winner

  • A digital copy of On Writing Horror by Mort Castle
  • A digital copy of 500 Ways To Tell A Better Story by Chuck Wendig
  • A $5 Starbucks card
  • The brainstorming software Scapple

LIGHT MONSTER MASH Winner

  • A digital copy of Writing Monsters by Philip Athans
  • A digital copy of Character Writing Prompt: Villains, Heroes, and Hams
  • A $5 Starbucks card
  • The brainstorming software Scapple

Monster Mash DARK

Monster Mash 2015

Event Overview

  • Flash Fiction Challenge
  • Submissions Accepted October 12-23
  • 500 Word Minimum to 750 Word Maximum
  • Use the hashtag #IADMM2015 to share this event and your stories
  • Prize packages announced October 16
  • Winners announced October 30

How To Participate

Choose a title below, write a story for it, and post it in the comment box following this formula:

  1. Twitter Handle
  2. Word Count
  3. Title
  4. Story

Dark Titles: Pick Your Poison

  • Changeling’s Child
  • Cold Storage, Warm Living
  • Crossing the Boneyard
  • Death Interrupted
  • Eidolon Way
  • In the Dark, They Sing

 

Monster Mash LIGHT

Monster Mash 2015

Event Overview

  • Flash Fiction Challenge
  • Submissions Accepted October 12-23
  • 500 Word Minimum to 750 Word Maximum
  • Use the hashtag #IADMM2015 to share this event and your stories
  • Prize packages announced October 16
  • Winners announced October 30

How To Participate

Choose a title below, write a story for it, and post it in the comment box following this formula:

  1. Twitter Handle
  2. Word Count
  3. Title
  4. Story

Light Titles: Dig Your Grave

  • Beautiful Teeth
  • I’m No Monster
  • Mortician’s Ball
  • Mummy Knows Best
  • You Call This ‘Fun Size?’
  • Zombie Jamboree

Monster Mash Event HQ

INK AFTER DARK is proud to host …

Monster Mash 2015

  • Flash Fiction Challenge
  • Submissions Accepted October 12-23
  • 500 Word Minimum / 750 Word Maximum
  • Choose a title from one of the categories below and write a story for it
    • You may write one story for each category
  • Use the hashtag #IADMM2015 to share this event and your stories
  • Prize packages announced October 16
  • Winners announced October 30

 

COME PLAY IN THE DARK

  • Changeling’s Child
  • Cold Storage, Warm Living
  • Crossing the Boneyard
  • Death Interrupted
  • Eidolon Way
  • In the Dark, They Sing

 

STAY SAFE IN THE LIGHT

  • Beautiful Teeth
  • I’m No Monster
  • Mortician’s Ball
  • Mummy Knows Best
  • You Call This ‘Fun Size?’
  • Zombie Jamboree

 

Post your twitter handle and story in the comment box of the corresponding category link:

  • Enter LIGHT stories here beginning October 12
  • Enter DARK stories here beginning October 12

 

If you’d like to be notified when MONSTER MASH submissions go live, add your twitter handle or email address in the comments box below. 🙂

 

 

Monster Mash

Ink After Dark is throwing a Halloween party and you’re invited!

 

When: Contest details go live Friday, October 9, 2015

Where: Right here on Ink After Dark

 

2015 Monster Mash

Welcome to Ink After Dark

Fellow Inkslingers and Storytellers,

Welcome to Ink After Dark, newly constructed home of seasonal flash fiction events and community writing adventures.

Our mission is to serve our writing community by maintaining a group project site.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered several cyclical blog hops under a collective roof.

Project creators can organize and run their ventures behind the scenes with guest passes.

We look forward to creating and writing beside you for many inky adventures to come!

 

Cheers, Laura, Cara, and Ruth 

 

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