Defy the Dark Contest

Posted on August 20, 2012


What happens in the dark? Why are things different at night? Maybe it’s magic, or madness or both. A new anthology coming Summer 2013 from HarperTeen, Defy the Dark explores those questions and invites you to try your hand at answering them. What’s in it for you? A chance to be published in Defy the Dark, alongside some of your favorite YA authors (including Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Hawkins, and Beth Revis).

No sun-drenched, thousand-watt fables here—bring us your things that go bump in the night, bring us the things that hide in the shadows. Saundra Mitchell, the anthology’s editor, is excited to read your best YA fiction and choose one writer to be a part of the forces that will Defy the Dark.

The contest challenge: Write a story that takes place at night or in the dark. The story can be of any genre: contemporary, paranormal, horror, science fiction, romance, humor, fantasy, etc. Winners will be published in Defy the Dark.

Open to:  Residents of U.S. and Canada age 13 and older

Genre:  Short story; anthology

Word length:  2,000 – 4,000 words

Prizes:  Grand prize – $500; Two runners up receive $250 each

Entry fee:  None

Deadline:  September 1, 2012

How to submit:  Create an account on

For more info:  Defy the Dark Contest

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