This special volume will be published on December 16th, just in time for that extra special gift this season…
Can you write a short Twisted tale in 1,000 words or less? The fifty best stories will be published in both paperback and online.
We all love a good Christmas ghost story or horror movie. If Hammer House of Horror, Tales of the Unexpected and Pans Books of Horror set your pulse racing and mind spinning as a youngster, then writing a short story, set at Christmas, offers the darkest recesses of your mind, a deliciously macabre feast in which to express itself.
You know you shouldn’t let it out, but you know you want to.
Interested…? Let’s dig a little deeper into this paranormal, wicked and dank shallow grave…
Together we will create a modern masterpiece of horror, inspired by what terrified us all as kids. Think 'Pulp Fiction', only for horror literature.
There is no minimum word count, so if you can disturb us in fewer words, perhaps even fifty words, then DO IT. We urge you to experiment and connect with your dark side and to write what scares or maybe even excites you…
We are choosing to run this initiative now to get us all writing, exorcising the horrors of the past year, and to help raise funds for the London Screenwriters Festival that has been hit hard by Covid.
Getting selected for inclusion will mean you are a published author AND you can give that extra special gift to someone you either really love, or really hate, this Christmas.All that said, let's not have any Covid-19 stories in the book, but we CAN reflect those experiences by writing about more imaginative lockdowns or pandemics.
Twisted50 volume 1 was released for Halloween 2016 and within four days had toppled Stephen King from the top spot in Horror, becoming an Amazon Best Seller.
Twisted50 volume one also gave us the opportunity to publish an accompanying volume, ‘Twisted’s Evil Little Sister’ which featured all the stories the judges loved but could not fit into the fifty stories format of Twisted 50.
Twisted50 volume 2 was just as successful, and now this Christmas Special edition is your opportunity to join the demented family.
Don't get lost in the woods waiting for the BEST story... start writing now. Writers write.
If your story is selected in the final fifty, you will be expected to sign an agreement that gives us the right to publish your work.
This will be an industry standard agreement. You will retain copyright in your idea should you wish to expand it or develop it for another platform. We only need the rights to publish in a book. You can continue to do anything you want with your story, we won’t get in the way of you making the most of your ideas, work and talent. In fact, we will help publicise any success you have with it.
Make sure you have read the rules. Write your story submit it (ideally do two or three redrafts AND ask for feedback and offer feedback too – all via the Facebook Page).
This is YOUR creation and YOUR career that you are advancing.
And if you want to submit more than one story, go ahead. Just remember - we are seeking outstanding work.