Saturday, May 2, 2020

Under the Hooded Monster Contest

*Update* The Under the Hooded Monster Contest is now closed for submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted! The winner has been chosen. Click here to see it!

Begins: May 1, 2020.
Ends: August 31, 2020.
Results by September 30, 2020.

Do you want to a chance to use your writing skills? Do you want to get published on the Under the Hood website and have your work reviewed on the Under the Hooded YouTube channel? Do you want the chance to win $100? Now is your chance!

Francis Booker and Michael Ragusa are holding a contest to see who can write the best short story about facing down a monster and overcoming it! Winning entries will be published on the Under the Hood Website and reviewed on the Under the Hooded YouTube channel. The grand prize winner will receive $100!

Everyone loves a good monster. The best kind are terrifying, powerful, and show us something fundamental about our humanity. However, monsters are made to be confronted. Whether it’s a monster hunter, a person who runs into a monster accidentally, or a more symbolic confrontation, monsters are only as good as the people who go after them. And that’s what this contest is all about. We want to see the stories about confronting your best monsters. Bonus points for original monsters!

What: YA fantasy short stories about a person facing and overcoming a monster.
When: Before 11:59 pm EST, August 31, 2020
Why: To win $100, publication on the Under the Hood website, and a review on the Under the Hooded YouTube Channel.
How: Submit today!

Rules and Regulations:
1. All entries must be emailed to by 11:59 pm, August 31, 2020.

2. Entrants must live in the United States.

3. Entries must be young adult fantasy. All entries must include a person confronting a monster in some form, whether it be hunting, combat, or other.

4. All entries must be the author’s original work and ideas. Modified retellings of previously published works will be disqualified.

5. Entries that support immoral or illegal behavior will be removed, as will entries that are graphic in nature.

6. A maximum of three (3) entries may be submitted by a single author.

7. Short stories must be between 1000 and 10,000 words long. All entries must begin with a title and the names (or pen names) of the author(s).

8. All entries will be read by a panel of qualified judges. Final decisions will be made by Francis Booker and Michael Ragusa.

9. Winning entries will be published on the Short Stories page of and reviewed on the Under the Hooded YouTube channel. They may be linked or promoted on social media. Submissions may go through editing (with author’s permission) before publication.

10. Authors retain their ability to publish their own work on other websites (including their own).

11. No personal information is required other than author’s name (or pen name) and email address. Grand prize winner will be contacted to determine how they will receive the award money.

12. Entries may be removed at Francis Booker’s or Michael Ragusa’s discretion.

13. In the event of a low number of submissions or for other unforeseen circumstances, the contest may be cancelled.

14. By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules. Rules may be subject to change.

If you have any questions about the contest or rules, feel free to email Francis Booker at

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