The Dark Sire wishes to promote authors, poets, and artists even more than it already does. Thus, The Dark Sire Awards was born! Creatives are invited to enter the first annual awards from 12:01am (EST/New York) on July 7, 2020 to 11:59pm (EST/New York) on October 30, 2020. Finalists will be announced on January 15, 2021 with winners announced at an award ceremony held on Feb. 20, 2021 in Dover, Ohio.
Short Story (1,000-7,000 words)
Any Form (1-4 pages)
Photography (abstract or representational)
(All submissions must fit in the following subgenres)
Victorian style or modern gothic accepted.
Think Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice.
Scary things that go bump in the night.
Gore, blood, violence, and language are permitted.
Think Mary Shelley and Stephen King.
High and low fantasy accepted.
Dark fantasy welcomed.
Think J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin
Darker tales with deep, inner character development.
Think Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Maude Washington is an internationally published poet. Her work has appeared in literary maga-zines based in Australia, Ireland, and the United States. She is a Contributing Editor at The Blue Nib and a Poetry Editor at Minute Magazine.
Maude can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. He is the author of The Carter Archives, a series of noir fantasy novels from DAW Books. To say hello, visit him at www.DanStout.com.
Dan is represented by Nat Sobel at Sobel Weber Associates and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Bre Stephens is a writer of gothic and psychological fiction who specializes in short fiction. Her biggest influence is Edgar Allan Poe. She loves to create stories that not only delve into the human psyche but also question reality. When she realized that censorship was stifling some authors, she founded a new literary magazine that would "give a voice to the voiceless." The Dark Sire literary magazine debuted on Halloween 2019. To learn more about her writing, visit her website.
Bre has an MA in English and Creative Writing, is an ESL professional and a professional editor, and teaches English composition at two Ohio universities.
Bre can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Each category/genre winner will receive:
Publication in a special edition of TDS
The Dark Sire: Accolades (March 1, 2021)
FEES $10 (USD) PER ENTRY
Creatives can submit as many entries as they wish. However, each submission must be separate with a separate entry fee.
Example: 1 short story entry ($10 USD) and 1 poem entry ($10 USD) are 2 separate entries, equalling $20 USD in entry fees.
Short Story Entry