Darkness Wired: Contest 2019

New century – New tech – New ways to defeat the monsters?

Give us your take on the intersection of elder gods, old monsters and new technology

Are the old monsters too far behind us?

In this era where almost everyone can instant share to the web, where almost everyone carries in their pockets a powerful computer that can take movies, and record events, in a time when we are a few years away from colonizing planets — are the Elder Gods defeated? Quaint? A joke?

Would you live tweet Dagon’s forces rising from the depth to put an end to your cruise ship special? Maybe vlog Shib-Nigurath tromping trough your city park? Could you capture Cthulhu with a coordinated AI attack?

Or would they use the new technology to conquer this blue marble, corrupt social apps databases to elect unfit to serve, orange hued puppets. Would they alter vaccines or launch nuclear warheads?

Share with the world how you see modern or imagined future technology interact with the monsters.



1st place: $500, 2 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
2nd Place: $200, 2 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
3rd place: $100, 2 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
4th place: $50, 2 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
5th place: $30, 2 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
All others: $25.00 and 1 paperback copy, a digital copy of the book.

Submission Guidelines:

$10.00 fee to enter contest

email: books @ nphzone.com (remove the spaces when you enter the address in the email)

Multiple submissions allowed

What We Want:
2000-10,000 words long, original (No reprints) short story (if longer, ask first). Edited — some minor grammatical errors will be accepted but if the submission requires major overhauls, it will be returned to you to edit before being accepted. Register to pay fee the fee and receive details to enter in your manuscript and an upload link.

Within 24 hours of entering the contest you will receive the competitor pack, consisting of the following precious items:

– Technology at play –
– One Character Profile –
– One Specified Location –
– Background Information –
– Your adversary –

You don’t want to enter the contest, but still want to test your talent and drive with an anthology submission?

Deadline: September 01, 2019

Payout date: October 31, 2019 – by way of PayPal

If you haven’t heard from us within a month of our submission period closing, you can send us an email.
If your fiction is accepted we will send a contract for an esignature or regular signature.


  1. No refunds, so be confident in your actions and choices.
  2. No whining. Life is too short.
  3. Our final decision is final.

For this collection, we ask for exclusive first worldwide electronic and print rights for one year and nonexclusive rights afterwards. For reprints, we will ask for nonexclusive reprinting rights.


First page should have:
Your name: Your name and pen name if you use your pen name.
Contact information: Email, phone
Anthology entry: Yes
Title of story: Title of your manuscript

8.5″ × 11″ layout
Times New Roman font.
Headers: 18 points font size
Body of text: 12-point font-size.

Submission Period: All submissions must be received between June 10, 2019 and September 1, 2019. Any story sent before or after will be deleted unread.

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