As the winner of last month’s contest, Jay Bechtol agreed to host this month. Here’s his theme:

“Reflection. As the year winds down, it’s a natural time to look back and reflect. Or, as you are heading out to that holiday party, you take one last look in the mirror, just to make sure everything is as it seems. Perhaps reflection is nothing more than the flickering lights of a candle in the menorah… Whatever reflection means to you, here’s your chance to frighten us with your reflective flash fiction.”

Before we get to the submission guidelines, please know that only the top 15 to 20 stories will be posted on our Patreon page for our patrons to vote on. The winner will receive $0.03 per word, publication, and an Author Spotlight on our newsletter and Patreon page. The second-place winner will receive $0.02 a word, and the third place winner $0.01 per word. The winner will also have the option of hosting the following month’s contest for an additional $50. Second and third place authors will also be invited to be published in our newly-announced Hotel Macabre anthology series, which will include flash fiction, short stories, and poetry. Out Halloween, 2024.

Submission guidelines.