Inkitt’s Biggest Ever Horror Writing Contest

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Nothing gets your heart racing quite like a spine-chilling thriller, a nail-biting mystery or a horrific tale, which is why we’re on the lookout over the next 6 weeks for the very best books in horror, crime, thriller, mystery and other stories with a frightening tale to tell.

With total cash prizes reaching $1,350, one-on-one professional writing coaching worth $500, an exclusive badge for your book and a social media feature on all of Inkitt’s social channels up for grabs, this is the perfect chance to let your creativity spread to the darkest depths your imagination takes you.

The Gruesome Details

Our horror writing contest is open to everyone, and 100% free to enter. Your submission must be a minimum of 20,000 words and written in English. We are accepting both ongoing and completed books – so yes, if you have a frighteningly addictive WIP, it might just be the perfect fit for this contest.

All ‘scary’ or frightening genres will be considered for the winning prizes in this contest. That includes horror, thriller, paranormal, dystopian, mystery, crime, ghost stories, dark fantasy, etc. Poetry and fanfiction will not be accepted in this contest.

1st place

A $1,000 cash prize, one-on-one writing coaching class worth $500, a feature on Inkitt’s social media platforms and an exclusive writer’s badge for your book.

2nd place 

A $250 cash prize and a feature on Inkitt’s social media platforms.

3rd place

A devilishly delightful $100.

Closing date is March 31st, 2020.

So, if writing the mysterious, horrific, supernatural or scary is your forté, or if you’ve simply decided that you’d like to try writing on the dark side, this is the contest for you. With the March 31st deadline looming menacingly, don’t miss your chance to flex your creative muscles toward the darkest depths of your imagination by entering our horror writing contest.  

Enter, before it’s too late:

You can enter the contest at by clicking ‘Submit Your Novel’.  If you need more information about how to enter the contest, please follow this link:

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