Lovecraftian Micro-Fiction Contest winners

The Lovecraftian Micro Fiction collection vol. 5 is the flip side of the Challenge From Beyond 2019, with wraparound cover art by Mike Dubisch.

The reading is done. The winners are chosen. The stories are on their way to press. Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Lovecraftian Micro Fiction contest!

Each of these super-short, super-creepy stories will be printed in Volume 5 of the Lovecraftian Micro Fiction collection, as the flip side to the Challenge From Beyond 2019. The author of each story will receive two copies of the finished book in the mail, and the top story will be read by one of our noted guests for an adoring (and pretty Weird) audience at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, taking place October 4-6, 2019 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR.

And the winners are (in no particular order):

  • TOP WINNER! "Dol-Hareubang" by J. Wiltz
  • "Gateway Drug" by Jason Zuleger
  • "The Herd" by Russell Smeaton
  • "Mother" by Kyle Webb
  • "Check Your Pockets" by Michael Carlyle
  • "Domovoi" by Erik Gorka
  • "Etching of The Masks" by Zachary Bishop
  • "White" by Susan Hill
  • "That Scar We Made" by Kerry Birmingham
  • "Latex" by Sean Blau

For a round 13 stories, we also select 3 Honorable Mentions, which will also be printed in the book, including:

  • "Chaos Crawls Back" by Rick Hutchins
  • "He, Alone..." by David Gonzalez
  • "When the Stars Were Right" by Joe Broers

Competition was fierce and this year's submissions were some of the most clever, impacting, and Weird stories we've ever read, short or not. There were so many standout stories that making these selections was nearly impossible, and if we could have made a double-sized issue, we would have! But, narrowing it down and making those hard choices is a commitment we make to both the authors and the readers. Every one of these authors can be extremely proud of this accomplishment. It was not an easy choice, but you earned it. H. P. Lovecraft himself would be proud of these tiny feats of horror!

The Lovecraftian Micro Fiction collection Vol. 5 was included at several reward levels in the 2019 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Kickstarter, and will be available as an add-on to Kickstarter backers, as well as at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, October 4-6th, with Guest of Honor Victoria Price, Roger Corman, and Richard Stanley.