About the contest

Inkitt's Horror Writing Contest

Submit your spine-chilling stories to be in with the chance of winning $1000

Inkitt’s brand new horror writing contest is an opportunity to share your terrifying stories with our 2 million readers and writers around the world. Whether it’s psychological thriller, a ghoulish tale or terrifying gorey details - your captivatingly scary books will be most welcome here.

With a 1st place prize including $1,000 cash, one to one coaching with a professional writing coach worth $500, a social media feature on Inkitt's social pages, and an exclusive book badge award, this contest gives you the chance broaden your readership, earn cash and improve your writing!

What you win

Cash prizes

One grand prize winner, and two runners up will be selected from this contest.

1st prize: $1,000, a one-on-one writing coaching class worth $500, a feature on Inkitt’s social media platforms and an exclusive book badge!
2nd prize: $250 and shout out on Inkitt's social media pages!
3rd prize: $100!

Contest Terms

  • Judged by our algorithm, the winning author will be selected based on reader engagement at the end of the contest. This is a combination of likes, reads, reviews and shares.
  • We collect data on your submission from the date you submit your story to the contest
  • Poetry and fanfiction will not be accepted
  • You may submit multiple entries over multiple months
  • The minimum word count per submission is 20,000 words
  • Novels must be in English
  • You must own the rights to the novel
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt
  • Inkitt reserve the right to announce contest winners within 3 months of the contest closing

  • Not a horror writer? Have no fear, check out our Novel Writing Contest, Fanfiction Contest and Short Story Contest
    Prizes for Winners

    About Us

    Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.