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Autumn Prompt


Write a fantasy short story on the theme Belonging. 


Whether it’s a character who will not leave home, a misfit on a quest with a ragtag group, or the chosen one who embraces her destiny. 


What does belonging mean to your characters, and how do they react if something causes them to question if they still belong? 

The winning entry, and shortlisted stories, will be published in the next issue of Mirk Fantasy Magazine.

Prize: £100 and publication


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Contest guidelines


Word count: 1,000 to 2,500

Simultaneous submissions: Yes

Multiple submissions: Yes. An entry fee must be paid for each story.

Format: Double spaced and in Times New Roman 12pt. 

Identifying information: Please do not include any identifying information in the document, but you should save the document as STORY TITLE.

Payment: The winner of each contest is awarded £100.

Entry fee: £5

Bios and Headshots: Include a third-person bio up to 100 words. If you would like your photo printed beside your story, then please include a headshot with your submission. 

Response times: We respond to all submissions within one month after the contest deadline. 


Contract: We ask for exclusive first publication rights and archival rights. On publication, rights revert to you. That means you can publish your story elsewhere immediately. All we ask is you credit Mirk Fantasy Magazine as the first home for your story.


This also means you can ask us to remove your story from our website at any point if it helps you sell it elsewhere. 

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