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Alex Viksten

The Shadow Over Tjärdalen: Embracing Body Horror" – Short Story Competition

Cosmic horror set against a Västerbotten backdrop with elements of bodily distortion - Have you always dreamed of writing a story about the transformative possibilities of the human body, influenced by both Sara Lidman and H.P. Lovecraft? Then this is the competition for you!

Skellefteå City Library is organizing a short story competition ahead of the horror convention Lidman/Lovecraft. The story should incorporate one or more themes from Sara Lidman and H.P. Lovecraft's writings. Additionally, participants are encouraged to flirt unabashedly with the subgenre of body horror.

Body horror is a genre within horror literature that focuses on bodily transformations in a way that evokes discomfort in the viewer. The genre often aims to explore humanity's fear of the unknown and the alien within one's own body.

Content: The short story should include one or more themes from Sara Lidman and H.P. Lovecraft's writings. Furthermore, it should feature elements of body horror. Note: Interpretation is free!

Maximum character count (including spaces): 10,000

Font: Times New Roman

Line spacing: 1.5

Format: Word or PDF


Submit by: August 12 via email to the designated contact person Linnéa Wikman. Mail: linnea.wikman@skelleftea.se  
Note: Specify in the email whether you are competing in the adult or youth category.

Adults 18-99 years old
Youth 12-17 years old

Entries will be judged by an independent jury.

Winners will be announced during the Lidman/Lovecraft horror convention organized by the City Library on November 9-10.

Organizer: Culture and Library Department/City Library



Kontakt: Kultur- och biblioteksavdelningen
Arrangör: The City Library
Plats: Kanalgatan 43 B - Skellefteå
Telefon: 46-0910-736100

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