Best of The Month

This contest is arranged in collaboration with Mr. Creeps, a talented narrator on YouTube with 700 000+ subscribers. If you win, he will make a professional narration of your story for his channel and compensate you for providing the content. Read more and apply here.

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Social Media Award

If you apply to become a featured writer or guest writer at our subreddit, or post your story to our Facebook group, you'll have the chance to win several different contests that will be announced on those platforms. The winners will be featured on the webpage and on our social media channels.

Best of The Month

Odd Directions arranges a free, international writing contest each month with different themes related to horror, weird fiction and dark science fiction. The winner will be awarded with an offer to have their story narrated by the talented YouTube narrator Mr. Creeps, who has 700 000+ subscribers. Aside from the amazing exposure, the winner will also be compensated for providing their excellent content with 2 cents per word. For this compensation, the winner agrees to give Mr. Creeps a non-exclusive license to narrate their story on their channel. The winning story will also be published as a featured story on and shared on our social media platforms. And don’t worry, aside from the non-exclusive rights given to Mr. Creeps you will of course keep all the rights to your story.

To participate, all you have to do is write your story in accordance with the rules of participation and post it in the Best of The Month-category here at Odd Directions. To do that, you need to sign up and click "Create New Post" here and place your story in the Best of The Month category. At the end of the month, the winner will be decided by Odd Directions together with Mr. Creeps.

Rules of participation

  • Your story has to follow the posting guidelines

  • Your story can't be longer than 3000 words

  • Your story has to be written specifically but not exclusively for this contest

  • Your story needs to adhere to the theme of the month

  • You have to share your story on social media

September 2021

The theme in September is EXOPLANET. That's it. Write your story with that word in mind. If you don't know, an exoplanet, or extrasolar planet, is a planet outside our Solar System. Space is mostly empty, which is frightening in and off itself, but there's also around 11 billion potentially habitable Earth-sized planets in the Milky Way, maybe even 40 billion if planets orbiting the numerous red dwarfs are included. Statistically speaking, there should be some scary and unsettling things on at least a few of them. It's impossible for us to know exactly what, so you'll have to use your imagination.

Sign up and post your story here. May the scariest writer win!

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