500 word scary story contest

500 word scary story contest!

Welcome to our 2017 500 word horror story contest! We are looking for submissions of horror stories that are scary, and 500 words are less. These stories can be about anything, but as we get them and like them we will publish them on EWR: Short Stories, and if they are in before September 15 they will be published in our print issue.

We have been running this contest for years. This is our big horror contest. If you win you will be featured in our print magazine, digital copy, and on our website. We will promote your work/book/website for 1 year. The prize is basically $10,000 in ads on our site. We will run ads, tweet you daily/weekly, put you on our numerous other social networks and by email of course. We will promote your book or books, literary magazine, book publisher, or just you! It’s our grand prize.

We don’t have a lot of time this year for our contest because we are starting so late. Our deadline is October 28. Please put 500 Word Scary Story contest! in the subject line of your email. 


  • Scary story, must be scary, must be high quality
  • Work not previously published by any other publication (on a personal site is ok)
  • Story must be 500 words or less
  • Deadline is October 28th 2017
  • You may enter as many times as you like.

Here are a list of prizes just so we get this right:

1st prize:

  • 1 full year of promotions on our site:
  • Social network promotions
  • Email promotions
  • On site promotions.

2nd prize

  • Same as above but for 1 month ($1000 value)

3rd prize

  • 1 week promotions, same as above.


If you want to promote your book, website, or yourself on our site, this is your chance. We reserve the right to reject any promotions if it does not meet our standards (no pornography or bad neighborhood sites). For the most part you can promote whatever you want….if you win!

Send all entries with a cover letter and bio to eds@everywritersresource.com. Remember, make them scary!  Please put 500 Word Scary Story contest! in the subject line of your email.