An Online Fiction Contest

We challenge authors to scare us with your original work in under 50 words.

“Patriarch” (Tiny Terrors #1, Finals)

We buried Grandpa face-down. Casey wanted to burn him, end the curse that way, but Momma knew better. We did burn all his things—curvy...

“Nightmares” (Tiny Terrors #1, Finals)

Helen stands beside a tropical stream. A gargantuan arm thrusts her underwater. Piranhas attack. Hundreds of razor-sharp teeth needle her left side. Drowning, half-devoured, her...

“Night Stories” (Tiny Terrors #1, Quarterfinals)

Amelia was crying again. Justin slipped out of bed, taking care not to disturb his wife. She slept a lot these days. Reaching into the cot...

“Where the Heart Is” (Tiny Terrors #1, Quarterfinals)

Michael fled the village in the small hours of night, promising himself this time he'd never return. The lies of a forlorn heart, a full...

“Tater Tot” (Tiny Terrors #1, Quarterfinals)

“Betcha can’t eat more tater tots than me!” Jacob stuffed five tots into his mouth in quick succession. Now he’s tugging on his booster seat strap...

Vote for my #DFTinyTerrors, because we all know it's the best choice, and we also know I'm open to bribes.

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@AdrianShotbolt @UnnervingMag I think I'm taller, so I'd give better back coverage. Besides, mine is better. #DFTinyTerrors

.@AdrianShotbolt Godzilla destroys everything. Remember that too. Just go ahead and vote for me. #DFTinyTerrors

Where does @UnnervingMag #DFTinyTerrors vote go? He's publishing @ReneeMJ but I've had Eddie's back from the start 😉

Where does @UnnervingMag #DFTinyTerrors vote go? He's publishing @ReneeMJ but I've had Eddie's back from the start 😉

A vote for me is a vote for Godzilla. Don't you dare vote for that @ReneeMJ #DFTinyTerrors https://t.co/SDnhO6Ztf1

A vote for me is a vote for Godzilla. Don't you dare vote for that  @ReneeMJ #DFTinyTerrors  https://t.co/SDnhO6Ztf1

Vote for me in #DFTinyTerrors here - it's the right thing to do 👻👹

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Just a reminder to vote for my #dftinyterrors story. If you have you're awesome. If you voted for @AdrianShotbolt...
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Just a reminder to vote for my #dftinyterrors story. If you have you're awesome. If you voted for @AdrianShotbolt...
 https://t.co/vVNAGETVBR

Voting for round 2 of DarkFuse Tiny Terrors is underway. Who scares YOUR pants off in under 50 words? #DFTinyTerrors

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I've made it into the Second Round of the Tiny Terrors Contest! Go read and vote! #DFTinyTerrors

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I forgot to mention that it's time to vote for my entry in the second #DFTinyTerrors round.

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@AdrianShotbolt @DaveThomas76 @timwaggoner We'll see about that. 😉 #DFTinyTerrors

@DaveThomas76 Wait until the ass-kissing for votes begins. Got your lip gloss, @AdrianShotbolt? You're going to need it. 😉 #DFTinyTerrors

@ReneeMJ @AdrianShotbolt Aw yeah, shit just got real. #DFTinyTerrors

@AdrianShotbolt Best of luck to you too. If we're saying shit we don't mean, I really hope you win #DFTinyTerrors. *not* 😇

@ReneeMJ haha. Good luck with #DFTinyTerrors *I don't really mean that* 👻

@AdrianShotbolt PS: That reply would've been faster if I wasn't using a loaner computer that's way smarter than me. #DFTinyTerrors

Don't forget you can follow the #DFTinyTerrors shenanigans on Twitter or subscribe to @darkfuse for more fun stuff!

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@AdrianShotbolt Hope you brought your big girl pants for this one. 😉 #DFTinyTerrors

Submitted my second round entry for #DFTinyTerrors. Are you ready, @AdrianShotbolt? via @darkfuse

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Just subbed my entry for the next TINY TERRORS round to @darkfuse

Up against Larry Hinkle - Links when it gets posted.

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Check out Tiny Terrors, a micro-fiction tournament going on now! #DFTinyTerrors via @darkfuse still 3 hours to vote.

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5K words into a new project. Another #DFTinyTerrors written in case the unthinkable happens & I make it to round 2. Now, birthday Netflixing

#DFTinyTerrors leaders: @AdrianShotbolt @ReneeMJ @AdrianLudens @timwaggoner @JenniferTLoring Evan Dicken @KevinGBufton @LarWritesStuff

Really intriguing matches going on at #DFTinyTerrors. Vote now at: https://t.co/NgjDTupI7r

Really intriguing matches going on at #DFTinyTerrors. Vote now at: https://t.co/NgjDTupI7r

Did you guys check out @DarkFuse's Tiny Terrors tournament? First round voting is happening now! #DFTinyTerrors

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Check out Tiny Terrors, a micro-fiction tournament going on now! ##DFTinyTerrors via @darkfuse

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@zevonesque @SalnPage hi got a link ? I'm in first round of #DFTinyTerrors @darkfuse btw. Excited

Good luck to all the participants. #DFTinyTerrors @darkfuse I will read the entries and vote from the quiet of The Garden.

Good luck to all the participants. #DFTinyTerrors @darkfuse I will read the entries and vote from the quiet of The Garden.

@FlashDogs I've got through to first round of #DFTinyTerrors competition- stories to be loaded up soon please vote @darkfuse

@KevinGBufton @darkfuse #gameon #DFTinyTerrors *cue Rocky Theme*

@darkfuse @BarbarellaFem First round story subbed for #DFTinyTerrors tournament.

Ah, the sweet anticipation of combat to be joined.

Check out Tiny Terrors, a micro-fiction tournament going on now! ##DFTinyTerrors via @darkfuse #vote #Valentines

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I think it's been at least 12 hours since I asked everyone to vote for my #DFTinyTerrors entry. 🙂 #horror @darkfuse

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Check out Christopher's entry and vote in the #DFTinyTerrors contest @darkfuse

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Some matches have officially begun in the #DFTinyTerrors tournament! https://t.co/I4SwHMD1ti

Some matches have officially begun in the #DFTinyTerrors tournament! https://t.co/I4SwHMD1ti

If you wish, you can vote for my micro-fiction piece over at @darkfuse #DFTinyTerrors competition. I will love you.

Did you all vote for your favorites in the #dftinyterrors contest yet? #pickme #horror #flashfiction via @darkfuse

Check out the Tiny Terrors contest and vote for the stories you like best! (Hope you enjoy mine!) #DFTinyTerrors

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So... my 50-word nanofiction got me into the @darkfuse Tiny Terrors tournament.

My 1st round opponent? @BarbarellaFem

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@ErinAlMehairi @TheShaneStaley Thanks. Judging by those brackets, I'm going to need all the luck I can get. 🙂 #DFTinyTerrors

@ReneeMJ @TheShaneStaley Good luck!! 😃 #DFTinyTerrors

Congrats to @darkfuse #DFTinyTerrors final contestants! Gonna be epic!

Thrown my hat into the ring and subbed to the TINY TERRORS competition run by @darkfuse #DFTinyTerrors

Did u enter ur 50 terrifying words to @darkfuse's Tiny Terrors contest? Deadline is today, tourney starts 2/14! Follow #DFTinyTerrors

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Rules:

  • During qualifiers, you can submit a story (up to 50 words).
  • DarkFuse’s Readers Group & staff will nominate 16-32 authors with the best Tiny Terrors submitted from each qualifier campaigns to compete in the online tournament the following month.
  • Contestants will need to submit up to 3 more stories if taking part in the tournament (each up to 50 words)—qualifier stories may be used in the first round.

Publication:

  • Authors retain all rights to their work. By submitting, they give DarkFuse Magazine one-time rights to publish their story online as well as to archive it for the life of the site in the DarkFuse Tiny Terrors Contests Pages.

Prizes:

  • Each qualifier will receive $12 via Paypal at the start of tournament
  • Tournament runner-up will receive an additional $25
  • Tournament winner will receive an additional $50

Note: The maximum number of words submitted if you make it to the tournament finals is 200.  At professional rates (6 cents per word) that’s $12, so each qualifier will earn more than professional rates for their submissions.

Runner-up would earn $37 (which is more than 12 cents per word).

Champion would earn $62 (which is more than 18 cents per word).

Shane Staley

Shane Staley is the managing publisher of DarkFuse. He is considered by many as one of the most influential editors and publishers of the modern era horror scene. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the legendary specialty press Delirium Books (1999-2012). Staley started his publishing career in 1995 with a ‘zine called The Darklands Project. Since then, he has published more than 200 books in his career and has been a part of launching some of the most important writing careers in the horror genre.

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas is an associate editor at DarkFuse. He is a longtime small-press book collector and has been working as an editor in the horror genre since the early 2000s. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association with an MA in Communications, he has worked on the novels of Ed Lee, Jack Ketchum, Daniel Keyes, Richard Laymon, Jeff Strand, Ronald Malfi, and many others.

Andreas Flögel

Andreas Flögel enjoys reading as long as he can remember. He reviews books for several (German) web-sites. As an author he has published 40+ short stories in German magazines and anthologies, more than half of them on the darker side.

Bill Jones

Bill Jones is an avid reader of horror and thrillers with the occasional Sci-fi and crime noir thrown in. He even picks up some bizarro, classics or contemporary work, if the mood strikes. Despite his sunny personality, he prefers his fiction to be on the dark side. He reviews books (e-books, audio or physical copy) on GoodReads, Amazon, NetGalley and/or Audible as appropriate. He is a current member of the DRG—DarkFuse Readers Group.

Troy Knutson

An avid reader since the tender age of 3, Troy is a hospital pharmacist in the Midsouth.

Husband of one, father of five.

MommaCat

MommaCat is the Cat behind Cat After Dark and has been a rabid reader of DarkFuse books for several years.  You can find her “real” name in the acknowledgements section of books by such authors as John, Michael and…

 

Scott Wilcox

Scott Wilcox has been a DarkFuse subscriber since 2012. His favorite horror authors are Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and Tom Piccirilli. His pet peeve is book summaries that reveal 75% of the plot. When not reading he can be found in his basement gleefully rubbing his hands together over his gigantic collection of music that no one cares about. He lives with his wonderful wife and son in southern Michigan.

FINAL RESULTS

Congratulations to Evan Dicken who is our Tiny Terrors #1 champion!

By day, Evan Dicken battles economic entropy for the US Department of Commerce, and studies old Japanese maps at “the” Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His fiction has most recently appeared in: The Lovecraft eZine and Daily Science Fiction, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: DarkFuse, Shock Totem, and Chaosium.

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