It was a cold, dark night and the young boy’s flashlight was nowhere to be found. The camping trip had been everything he had hoped for; that is, until the sun had set, stranding him in the unfamiliar woods that he had hoped would be the setting of his next great summer adventure. With no light, no parents, and no way to call for help, all the boy could do was wait out the night and hope that his nightmares would not claim him as their next victim.

Sound familiar? The tradition of storytelling is one that has taken many forms, one of the most notable being that of the campfire horror story. In this Halloween inspired edition of The Red Penguin Collection, we are looking for submissions, 5,000 words or less, of your best thriller, horror, or otherwise campsite-like story. Remember a spooky short from your childhood trips into the woods? Perhaps a nightmare that you would like to share with the world? This is your chance!

I Can’t Find My Flashlight – submission deadline October 15 –