As most of you know, I like to find fiction contests and post them here. I just discovered one from AlienSkin Magazine that some of you might be interested in.
They're hosting a Terrifying Toys Contest. The genre is horror, the length (which is set in stone) is 900-1000 words, and the action must center around a toy--something designed as a plaything or frivolous object. It must be associated with ghostly or demonic activity, and it needs a motive other than "kill everyone." Whatever is possessing it can't make it do something it wasn't built to do. It can give the illusion of expression on an immobile face, but if it has no means of movement, then it can't physically move. Voices are allowed, but the toy's mouth won't move unless it's jointed. ONE EXCEPTION: A non-mobile toy can appear in different places, but can't move when watched.
So. 900-1000 words, possessed toy, and... GO. The prize for the winner is $50, and the deadline is midnight, July 30.
In other news, for the fanfic writers on my flist, apocalyptothon and cya_ficathon are gearing up again.