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!

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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.

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