SpecFicNZ’s Spooky Bookshops Challenge

SpecFicNZ’s Spooky Bookshops Challenge


This year, Halloween falls on NZ Bookshop Day. To celebrate this fortuitous collision, we’re challenging our members to write short stories that combine the two. Send us your stories of spooky bookshops, booky spooks, or spooked books* and be in to win $100!

*Yeah, you know what, we’re going to leave it to you writers to come up with plots.


Length: 1000–2000 words
Deadline: 30 September
Theme/genre: Stories should feature both bookshops and Halloween/general spookiness. All genres fine—scare us, or make us laugh!


  • First place receives $100 and two runners-up will each receive $50.
  • All three winning stories will be published on the SpecFicNZ website and packaged into a free ebook which will be promoted around NZ Bookshop Day.

How to enter

You must be a paid-up member of SpecFicNZ to enter this competition.

All entries should be sent to [email protected] and should include:

  • Your manuscript in standard manuscript format, attached to the email as a .doc or .rtf file;
  • Another .doc or .rtf file containing a short (100 words) bio, including links to any of your recent publications, and the name of your favourite New Zealand bookshop

Winners will be contacted by 15 October.


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