Dark Tales is now ten years old! To celebrate we have re-launched our short story contest...
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no April contest, but we will be returning in May. Any monthly contest subscribers can carry over their free entries into May.

Current deadline is 31st May.
We have two online (PayPal) options for the contest.
For either option, email your stories to stories@darktales.co.uk once you've paid. 
(1) Pay for each contest entry (plus a critique, and proof edit, if required): 

Pay in British pounds
Pay in US dollars

Or (2) Take out a subscription to the contest for £5 ($8 US) per month or £50 ($80 US) per year. You can then enter two stories, or one story plus a tick-sheet critique, into each month's contest: 

Select monthly or annual contest subscription
Select monthly or annual contest subscription

If you're in the UK you can enter our contest by post - click the link to download a printable entry form:

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Subscribe to the print anthology and enter the short story contest for free. Click the button below:

Only £20 in the UK:

Just $55(US) elsewhere:

If you're in the UK, you can subscribe or order single issues using our printable order form:

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As well as our regular contest, we now offer a critique service for stories in any genre from just £5 per story. Details here. Printable order form here:

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Dark Tales Volume 16 - here soon!


Dark Tales Volume 16 - Send in the Clowns - illustration by Megan Rose


Our award-winning Volume XV  is still available... Preview it here. Order the print edition here:


$5.99 US (Outside UK) 

Or purchase Volume XV as an e-book:

British pounds: £1.99

US dollars: $2.99

Or get Volume XV from Amazon for £2.99. Click here.