Prose Opiate 2020 Horror Story Contest Banner. Horror Short Story contest.

That’s right! Since the site is launching in Spooktober, the first ever Prose Opiate writing competition will be horror themed. We’re talking ghosts, monsters, murderers, teeth, fangs, blades, shadows, existential dread, and much much more. Don’t be afraid to mix up genres! Prefer to write Sci-Fi? So did Dan O’Bannon. That’s how Alien was made! Write whatever you want, but to win, it must have an element of terror and horrific themes.


First Place

  • $100 (USD)*
  • Custom Cover Design
  • Permanent place on the Prose Opiate Homepage**
  • Author Spotlight Interview

    *All prize money delivered securely via PayPal. Winning contestants must have an active Paypal account to receive prize money.
    **Author retains all rights to their work. Prose Opiate will never retain or distribute your work without your permission.

Just for participating:
The Prose Opiate staff reads all contest entries and will respond to all contestants with a professionally edited manuscript and suggestions on how you can grow and improve as a writer! Keep practicing! There will be another contest next month!


  • Story must be less than 5,000 words
  • Must have horror themes and/or tropes
  • Mixing of genres is allowed (horror comedy, sci-fi horror, etc.)
  • Only one entry per contestant
  • Must be submitted before October 31, 2020
  • Must be an original work. Plagiarized works will not be considered.


Submit your manuscript via email to proseopiate.submissions@gmail.com

Story can be submitted as an attached document or pasted into the body of the email.

Be sure to include your pen name and the official title of your manuscript.

You will receive emails from our staff containing your edited manuscript and correspondence coordinating the transference of prize materials, so use an email that you check regularly.


All current participants and their stories are listed here. Check back regularly to see what stage of the review process your entry has reached!


Victoria Rowse

J.M. Stephens

J.C. Laird

(Title of Manuscript)

We Are Many

Lucid Dreams

Dead, But Not Gone





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