The Writing Dead 2
Darren Shan is back to judg e our short story competition! It has clawed its way out of the soil… time to get writing again!
Have you been bitten by the urge to write? Great news: after the groaning success of our first Writing Dead competition early in 2014, SFX has once again teamed up with top author and master of horror Darren Shan to find the best original zombie-themed short stories – and Zom- B author Darren will once again personally judge your entries! Your tales can be funny or scary, feature fast or slow zombies, slop on the murder and mayhem, or contain no bloodshed whatsoever. Imagination is your only limit. That and the rules: entries must be no longer than 1500 words and be your own original work. As an added twist this time, they must include at least one zombie in a Santa outfit, and feature christmas tree lights as a prop. Be as inventive as you can…
The latest instalment in Darren’s 12- part series, Zom- B Family, is on sale now. The series chronicles the journey of teenage protagonist B Smith from a zombie outbreak in Ireland to the death- filled streets of London. B has encountered crazy clowns, teenage “Angels” dedicated to restoring order to the living and Mercenaries who capture B in their traps. It’s grisly, fast- paced and guarantees a high body count.
The closing date for entries is Tuesday 3 February 2015. Any submissions received after this date will not be considered, so don’t hang around. All eligible entries will be reviewed by judges from the SFX team. The five best will then be passed on to Darren to pick the winner.
All five shortlisted entries will recieve a signed set of nine Zom- B books published by Simon & Schuster, and the incredibly talented winner will discover their fate when their story is printed in full in SFX issue 260, on sale Wednesday 1 April 2015. Plus, they’ll get a weird Zom- B Baby statue! Get writing, and good luck.