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To celebrate Halloween, we’re hosting a little mini-competition, with a chance to win £50 and a limited edition FAILING WRITERS PODCAST T-SHIRT!


(Sorry. Did I scare you? That was actually just supposed to be a wooo of excitement.)

All you have to do is write a spooky story using Twitter’s 280 character limit. (Which normally works out just over 50 words in case you’re wondering.) It’s quick, it’s fun and if you want a bit of inspiration, have a listen to Series 2, Episode 26, where you can hear our efforts.

What’s that? You’ve had a listen and think you can do better?

Of course you blummin’ can! So let’s ‘ave ‘em!

To enter, simply retweet our pinned tweet, then reply to it with your spooky little tale!

Full rules and details below:

Terms & Conditions


The entrant must first retweet our pinned competition tweet. Then reply to that pinned tweet, on Twitter, with your spooky story, using as many characters as Twitter allows in one tweet (280)

Stories must be posted before 23:59 GMT on Sunday 23rd October 2022 in order to qualify.

There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary.


Winners will be revealed on our Halloween Special on, yep, 31st October 2022. The Failing Writers Podcast retain the right to publish winning entries in the podcast and in online posts (including on and all social media channels) which shall remain freely available online indefinitely. Entrants retain copyright in their work.


The prize of £50 shall be paid in pounds sterling via Paypal, within 2 weeks of the winner being revealed.


Entry is open to any writer worldwide over the age of 18 and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. One entry per entrant.

Competition Judging:

The Judges (Tom, Jon & Dave) will assess entries on originality, creativity, spookification, writing chops & chill-factor. Their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.


Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winners and will not be disclosed to a third party. Winners will be announced on our social channels including publishing the name and country of location of the winner.


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