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What is WriteHive 2020?

WriteHive 2020 is a writer’s conference with panels, workshops, Q&A’s, chatrooms, AMA’s, and more–entirely online and completely free! It will take place April 18th-19th, 2020.

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What is the Horror Writing Contest?

The Horror Writing Contest is a WriteHive 2020 competition open to all authors. The top three winners will be announced during WriteHive, so the actual writing, submitting, and voting will begin in January.

Submissions will be between 500 and 1,000 words, and WILL BE IN RESPONSE TO A PROMPT RELEASED ON JANUARY 3rd, 2020! 

3-5 judges will be finalized before January 3rd, and their names will be announced along with the prompt. The top three winners will be announced during WriteHive and receive a signed, print book from the judge of their choice, free of charge!

Your submission will be read by a minimum of five other authors who have also submitted a story. It will also be read by the organizer and a few volunteers (please email if you’re interested in helping read and vote on ALL the submissions!)

Through a voting process (see below), the top ten stories will be selected and they will be sent to our celebrity horror judges. These judges will provide a short critique of each story and will choose their top three. The top three winners will be announced during WriteHive and receive a signed, print book from the judge of their choice, free of charge!

What are the Submission Guidelines?

Submissions due: January 27th, 2020, or before.

Length: 500-1,000 words, no exceptions.

Topic: THE HORROR PROMPT WILL BE RELEASED ON JAN. 3rd. All submissions must respond to this prompt.

Format: Webpage. You will provide the link* (see what must be included in the email to the organizer). This makes it easier on the Horror Contest organizer because they won’t have to store, resave, or shuffle documents online. It will also direct traffic to your website–you’re welcome. A maximum of one photo is allowed with your story.

Send to: See what must be included in the submission email below.

Cost to submit: FREE!

*If you don’t have a website or wattpad and don’t want to create one for this contest, I am happy (as the organizer) to post it for you on my website. I will post it (no revisions, sorry) on or shortly after January 28th, 2020, and I will take it down after WriteHive weekend. You will, of course, be given complete credit but visitors to my site are prompted to join my newsletter. If that bothers you, you may want to consider creating your own site or ask a friend if you can guest post on their site. 

What do I need to include in my submission email?

Please copy and paste the following information into the email sent to

(Subject line): Author Name’s Horror Submission (ex: Mallory Kelly’s Horror Submission)


Title of submission:

Brief description or hook in 200 characters or less: 

Link to submission:

YES or NO, I want to receive feedback from readers. 

I am permitting WriteHive 2020 to distribute the above information in connection with their Horror Writing Contest. I understand that my piece will be available online and will be read and voted on by many readers and judges. I release WriteHive 2020 and its organizers from responsibility should my work be plagiarized or distributed by anyone other than WriteHive 2020. By submitting, I also agree to read and vote on five other stories assigned to me and understand I will be disqualified from final judging if I fail to reply with my vote by February 15th, 2020. My full name typed here constitutes my signature: 

Any submissions received after January 27, 2020, Mountain Standard Time, will not be accepted. No exceptions!

What is my reading responsibility after submitting?

Every author who submits will be required to read and vote on five stories submitted by other authors. Links to these five assigned stories will be emailed to you by the organizer. This process ensures that all stories receive a roughly equal number of reads. Your assigned stories will be sent via email to you on or shortly after January 28th.

After you have read the five stories, you must email the organizer with a list, numbered 1-5 with #1 being your favorite story and #5 being your least favorite story. If I do not receive your reply by February 15th, 2020, your story will be disqualified from further judging.

Who can vote on submissions?

  1. Every author who has submitted will be required to vote on a minimum of five stories (see above).
  2. I’m looking for volunteers who, along with the organizer, will read and vote on every submission. These volunteers will also provide a short critique if the author has requested it.
  3. ANYONEHowever, if you want to vote on stories you will need to either email the organizer at or direct message @author_mkelly on Twitter. You will be sent five stories to read and then email back with a list, numbered 1-5 with #1 being your favorite and #5 being your least favorite. The stories will be sent to you on or after January 28th, 2020, and your votes must be returned no later than February 15th, 2020, Mountain Standard Time.

Voting is structured carefully this way so that all submitted stories will receive a roughly equal number of reads and votes. This also prevents the writing contest from becoming a popularity contest where the person with the most Twitter followers gets the most votes.

What happens after reader voting?

After readers have voted, the organizer will tally the votes. The winning ten stories will be announced on February 18th, 2020, and the organizer will be sending their links to the celebrity horror judges.

Every author who wished to receive feedback will be sent their feedback via email.

The judges will have until April to read, critique, and vote on the stories. They will be communicating with the organizer and the three winning stories will be announced during WriteHive weekend. The winners will let the organizer know which book they want from which of the judges, and WriteHive will pay for it to be signed and shipped from the judge to the winner.

How can I stay up to date with the Horror Writing Contest?

On Twitter: @Write_Hive or @author_mkelly

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Who is the organizer?

Mallory Kelly is heading the Horror Writing Contest for WriteHive 2020 (that’s why you’re on my page). I will not be submitting to the contest.

You may contact WriteHive admin at and other organizers on Twitter:

Joshua Lee Ronin @joshualeeronin

Tyler Zeoli @TylerZeoli