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Winners of the South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition Announced

Bloody ParchmentBloody Parchment: The Root CellarAlert! Books LIVE has the privilege of announcing the winners of this year’s Bloody Parchment short story competition.

HorrorFest South Africa is an annual celebration of all that is spine-chilling and scary. The literary component of the festival, Bloody Parchment, runs an annual short story competition, aiming to develop new genre talent and grow South Africa’s horror offering.

As always, the top stories contain all that is best in the “horror, dark fantasy and weird genres”.

On behalf of the panel of judges (who are all movers and shakers in the publishing industry), the anthology’s editor Nerine Dorman is pleased to reveal this year’s top stories.

“This year the judges’ decision resulted in something a little different for the South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment short story competition,” Dorman says. “We have joint winners for first place, so a huge and hearty congratulations to Bernice Mills (South Africa) and Benjamin Knox (UK).

“Our runners-up this year are Austin Malone and Belinda Lewis, with our finalists (in alphabetical order) being Toby Bennett, Dave-Brendon de Burgh, John Paul Davies, Elaine Dodge, EL Garcia, Abigail Godsell, Icy Sedgwick, Jason Mykl Snyman, and Nic Zav.

“Well done to everyone. The South African HorrorFest Bloody continues to strive towards developing dark, speculative fiction, not just within the borders of the Rainbow Nation, but globally as well, by offering finalists prizes not of money, but editing and mentorship – valuable resources that is often outside of the financial reach of many aspiring authors.”


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