Micro-fiction contest guidelines: Write a frightening short story integrating a HOTEL.
The story MUST be NO LONGER than 390 words.
Your title does NOT count in the word-count.
You MUST use this first line: “There had been an argument down the hall.”
You are ENCOURAGED to use this image as a springboard for your setting.
There are many scary hotel stories and films (think Psycho, The Shining, that one with John Cusack, etc.), so work hard to avoid cliche’s.
Originality, great characters, engaging plot, language, and the intangible creep-factor will all be rewarded. Be strange. Surprise us. Freak us out.
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline for entry is midnight, October 25th.
Judged by Mary Shelly, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe.
First Place: A one night stay at The Modern Hotel and $25 Modern gift card.
Second Place: $35 Modern gift card.
Third Place: $20 Modern gift card.