We all know and love them. We’ve been obsessed all our lives and can’t get enough of them. As children they frightened us to death. Every country, region, and town has their own urban legends and we’re featuring the best from all over the world to frighten the bejeezus out of you.
Master of the Macabre Challenge 2016 is now open for registration!
Who Will Become THE MASTER 2016?
THEME: This year’s theme is “Twisted Urban Legends.”
With the outstanding success and quality we had in last year’s challenges, we are continuing the audiodrama as part of the challenge. This year we’re pushing the challenge to the next level by asking participants to write an audiodrama revolving around one of the urban legends.
The key is to take the urban legend and give it new slant and make it twisted. Remember the couple making out in the woods? Perhaps it’s no longer the boyfriend’s sneaker squeaking on the roof of the car, but the shoes are the girl’s father’s who followed the young couple into the woods. Take the legends we love and twist them up a bit to create surprise endings for your audience.
It’s all up to you!
This year’s hostess with the mostest is Killion Slade and she’ll be randomly assigning the following to each contestant.
*An urban legend
*An obscure item
And every audio must include:
*At least two different reader voices in their production.
To register now, fill out the registration form here:
You will receive your specialized contest items and being to create a fantastical, horror-filled, terrifying audiodrama for the listeners of HorrorAddicts.net to enjoy.
DEADLINE: Sign up by May 1st, 2016. The sooner you sign up, the more time you have to prepare.
*Note: The Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and the Master of Macabre Contest share a theme this year “Twisted Urban Legends Audiodrama”, but they will still be aired and judged separately.
As a contestant, you will write and record a horror story, fitting the theme and incorporating your extra elements. The style should be decidedly audiodrama, meaning music, sound effects, and two or more voices should be incorporated.
Audio mp3 and text will be due to email@example.com by June 4th, 2016, 11:59 pm PST. Contestants will then be narrowed down to 5 semi-finalists. Those 5 authors will go on to compete for the final prize of being “The Master of The Macabre 2016”.
The audio can be no longer than 10 minutes. This is strictly adhered to.
The text can be no longer than 3000 words, but may be submitted either in story or script format. Usually 1000 words=10 mins, we are giving you 2000 extra words for stage direction.
You may have someone else record your story for you, but it must still include 2 voices and none of the HorrorAddicts.net staff or previous winners may help you.
You may not compete if you have won the “Master of Macabre” or “Most Wicked” awards before. You CAN compete if you have submitted in the past but did not win the final award.
HOW ARE THE VOTES SET UP? There will be a 3-part voting system.
1/3 of the vote will still be the voters emailing in.
1/3 of the vote will be judged on podcast quality and will be judged by seasoned podcasters.
1/3 of the vote will be judged on writing quality and will be judged by seasoned writers.
These 3 sections will be added together for a final score
The winner will be honored with the coveted title, “Master of the Macabre 2016”.
Dates to know in 2016:
May 1st – Registration closes
June 4th – Audio and text are due.
July 9th – finalists will be announced
July 23rd – Audio airs (text will begin posting near this date)
July 23rd – Voting starts
August 20th – Voting ends
September 17th – Winners will be announced on the HorrorAddicts.net show.
Questions should be addressed to Killion Slade at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject MM 2016 CONTEST QUESTION.
How Do I Enter?
1) Please click on the survey monkey link and it will take you to a page to fill your information. This signs you up for the contest and we can provide your writing prompts for your audio drama.
2) Please go the Master of the Macabre Facebook Group and ask to join. Here is where Killion will conduct most of the communication with the contestants.
And that’s it!
We look forward to hearing from you and find out if YOU will become THE MASTER 2016!