D'you like hallowe'en? I'm not keen on groups of teenagers, with two sheets and a plastic mask between them by way of costumes, demanding cash at my door of an evening, but I do like a nicely carved pumpkin and a glass of something blood red. For some people the day, or perhaps I mean the night, has special meaning. For me too in a way - it's a great topic for short story writing. (I have a slightly spooky story coming out in the 27th October issue of The Weekly News)
You might think it's a bit late to start writing hallowe'en stories for this year, but you'd be wrong. This competition doesn't close until 23rd of the month. You have up to 3,000 words to come up with something suitable and could win an iPad or £250. Be warned that all entries will be published and the one with the most downloads will win, so although your story needn't be brilliantly frightening, you'll need to scare all your family and friends into helping you if you want to win.
This one operates on a similar scheme. This time it's the entry with the most facebook likes that wins. The prizes aren't so good either, but as they only want a scary travel anecdote in 150 words you might think it's worth a go.
And yikes! here's another one where the size of your social network is all important. The FAQs state, "If you're a successful author, this might not be the thing for you." Still there's a chance at $5,000 dollars and potential for plenty of publicity should you get selected in any of the rounds. Despite the contest title, worldwide entries are accepted.
What do you think of writing competitions judged on popularity of the author rather than quality of the writing? I think you can guess my opinion.