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Get your ghost story published

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We are very excited to announce the launch of our very first Emerald Street writing competition, Emerald Street Stories.

In conjunction with Little Brown’s digital imprint Blackfriars, which is all about discovering fresh new writing talent, we’re offering one winning reader the chance to have their short story published as a free ebook. The winner and the first two runners up will win a high-resolution Kobo Aura HD e-reader with pearl e-ink touchscreen and the entire shortlist will have their stories published on

Like Celeste Ng’s story, we’re looking for a supernatural thriller or ghost story that readers won’t be able to put down with a fresh and distinctive voice.


We’re looking for an original ghost story or supernatural thriller of 2,000-3,000 words, written in English. You must be resident in the UK to enter, over 18 and subscribed to the Emerald Street email – sign up here.

Entries must be fiction and not have been previously published in print or online in any format, including self-published, been broadcast or won a competition, or be under consideration for publishing elsewhere.

To enter, email your story as a Word or PDF attachment to with the subject line SHORT STORY by midnight GMT on Monday 5 January 2015. Please include your contact details – name, address, telephone number, email address and Twitter handle, if applicable – in the body of your email as well as the title of your story, the word count and a 50-100 word biography.

Entries will be judged by the Emerald Street team. Winners will be notified by email on or by Monday 19 January 2015. The results of the competition will be announced in Emerald Street in January 2015.

The winner will have their story published by Blackfriars in digital format in January 2015. The ebook will be available for free download from Kindle, Kobo and  One story per entrant only.

By entering, you accept that prizewinning and shortlisted stories, as well as your name, may be published by Emerald Street and/or Blackfriars, in any anthology, and in any media from the closing date without remuneration. The winning writer assigns their right to be published as a free ebook to Shortlist Media Ltd for publication by Blackfriars. You also accept of all the above competition rules. Entries that fail to comply with rules and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into and the judges’ decisions are final.

Let us know @EmeraldStreet when you've entered

Get your short story published