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Special edition – Wicked Women Writers and Masters of Macabre

April 10, 2012

Good morning one and all,

With the deadlines for entry into the Wicked Women Writers and Masters of Macabre writing contests looming, I thought I might share a little about both.  Ladies first…

The Wicked Women Writers writing contest is in its fourth year of competition and has garnered some very memorable stories for me.  The women have a certain flourished and cerebral style in their writing, as demonstrated by past winning stories by H.E. Roulo, Rhonda R. Carpenter, and Laurel Anne Hill.  With themes like “How To Kill Your Husband”, “The Seven Deadly Sins”, and “Pick Your Poison” all of the previous year entries were stellar.

This year’s theme is “Horror Takes No Holidays”.  The competitors will be given a holiday, a place, and an object to use in a short story, which must fit within a fifteen minute time frame when recorded.  The hostess for this year’s holiday themed contest is the 2011 winner, Laurel Anne Hill, and the deadlines for the contest are 04/15/2012 to enter and the recorded stories are due 07/01/2012.  I eagerly anticipate the great stories the women are weaving.

For the menfolk, we have the Masters of Macabre contest.  This will be the second year of the contest, and I fully expect to have some very stiff competition this go round.  Hosted by the 2011 winner, Shaunessy Ashdown, this year’s contest looks very terror filled.  The theme?  “Curses”.  All entries will be given a curse to introduce and write about, also within a fifteen minute recording time.  The deadline for entry is 04/11/2012 with the recorded story due by 05/11/2012.  I have a very good story lined up for my curse.  Let’s see if yours is better.

For all those who think they can’t write horror because of the blood and gore you see in the movies, I’m here to tell you that you can write a great horror story without blood and gore.  Horror is so much more than that and is possible to do on a mental and emotional level.  If you’ve always wanted to write or wanted to step outside your normal genre range and comfort zone, these contests are a great way to do so.  They are all fan judged, so it is a great way to possibly interest the listeners to check out more of your work.  My entry in last year’s contest was the first time I have released any stories for public consumption, and while it was not as good as Shaunessy’s, it was an important first step for me.  It also gave me not one, but two stories to work on for future release.  I look forward to this year’s competition.

Check out the Wicked Women Writers and Masters of Macabre sites for more details on each contest.  I hope to hear some of your stories in the very near future.

As always, if you want to leave a comment, please do so below.  Share the blog with your friends, family, and yes, even your enemies.  I’m found on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, and via e-mail at dpitsiladis@gmail.com.

Why so serious?

DLP

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