Short Story Competition!

2016 (Summer of 1816 Conference – Short Story Competition)

The Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield invites short story submissions based on the 1816 ghost story writing competition which inspired Frankenstein.

Entries should begin with the line from Frankenstein: “It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils” The completed short story should be an original work of no more than 500 words.

We are looking for creative engagements with Mary Shelley’s novel which may be Gothic, or comic, or in other ways innovative and unusual. The winning entry will receive £50. A reading of the best stories will take place at the 1816 conference, June 24th- 27th 2016, organised by the School of English at which the prize will be awarded. There is no entry fee. Please send completed stories (along with name, contact details, institution (if you have one)) by June 15th to:

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