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Hello all!

Firstly, the comm is not dead, though it has seemed like it for a while. Your friendly mods have both had a difficult few months, so no one has really been around to keep things turning over.

I plan to start instituting more community based things here - some prompts, discussions etc. - but, due to continuing issues, [personal profile] intothewood and I could really, really use another couple of mods to help keep things going. Any of you who actually do actively partake in prompts etc. already, and think you can spare time to help out, would be most welcome. So, y'know... either leave a comment here, or drop me a PM. Thank you!

Secondly, I have a slightly belated submissions call to pass along:

The third annual Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition is now open, and running until the (very apt) closing date of OCTOBER 31ST.

There is no entry fee, and judges are seeking stories across a broad spectrum within the theme of Halloween, horror, urban fantasy or dark fantasy. Yes, weird fiction abounds! Entries must not exceed 3,500 words, and must be both complete (not extracts of longer works) and previously unpublished. Full guidelines are available here and there are additional guidelines on how not to irritate the judges here. *grin*

To give you some examples of former winners, the first Bloody Parchment anthology is also currently available for FREE download via Goodreads.

First prize of this year's competition includes one round of free professional edits on a novella or novel-length work, and the top thirteen finalists will also be published in an anthology to be released in anticipation of the 2013 SA Horrorfest, which brings me to the exciting part.

Bloody Parchment, in their capacity as the literary arm of the annual SA Horrorfest, are very excited to welcome eKhaya, the digital imprint of Random House Struik, onboard the annual competition. The anthology comprising last year's finalists - Bloody Parchment: Hidden Thing, Lost Things, and other stories - is out now, published by eKhaya/Random House, and obviously it's quite a coup for Horrorfest to have one of the Big Six involved. This bodes well for the future!

Submissions need to go to [nerinedorman] [AT] [gmail] [DOT] [com] as .doc or .rtf attachments, and please do familiarise yourselves with the guidelines before submitting.

You can find more on the SA Horrorfest at:
http://www.horrorfest.info/
and:
http://www.shadowrealminc.com/

Please do feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested in entering!
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