Gremlin Fiction Contest

We are welcoming Gremlin Creative to the world wide web with a narrative story contest featuring – you guessed it – Gremlins!

The Gremlin Fiction Contest is open to all fiction storytellers. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, poetry, photo narratives, sketches, artwork, webcomics, and audio narratives. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 20,000 words or 15 minutes in length, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

While a Gremlin doesn’t have to be the main character of your story, they should be prominently involved somehow. You are more than welcome to include the car in your story, but we would love it if you featured the small, troublesome creature of folklore.



What’s a Gremlin?

A Gremlin is a mythological creature that causes

mischief, mayhem, and mechanical failures. They rose to “popularity” during World War II, blamed for many of the malfunctions of Britain’s Royal Air Force.

Roald Dahl was inspired by his time in the Royal Air Force to create his very first children’s book, The Gremlins. The story was actually commissioned by Walt Disney as a tie-in to an animated film his company wanted to produce. But the film was abandoned, and production of the book stopped short of 50,000 copies. Both Dahl and Disney did alright for themselves afterward.

Since then, versions of Gremlins have shown up in Dungeons and Dragons (and other RPGs), an episode of The Twilight Zone (later spoofed on The Simpsons), Looney Toons, and a subcompact car from the 1970s. The term ‘gremlin’ is less-than-commonly used to describe any mysterious source of malfunction or mischief.

And then, of course, there is the 1984 Horror/Comedy Christmastime flick, Gremlins. Though these monsters bare little in common with the folkloric creatures, the Gremlins from Gremlins (and its sequel Gremlins II: The New Batch) are by far the most recognizable.


First Prize: The Storymatic Classic (Retail $29.95!)

Second Prize: Gizmo Funko Pop! Figure (Retail $10.99!)

All entries will be considered for publication to Gremlin Creative.

Timing: The contest deadline is April 20, 2018, at midnight, EST.

Judging: Winners and finalists will be announced by May 21, 2018. The winners will be decided based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story; (iii) voice; (iv) use of Gremlins; and (v) overall impression and quality.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for formatting and other information.


Gremlin Rule #1: You can set it during any time period – Medieval times, World War II, the present, the distant future, etc.

Gremlin Rule #2: You can set it in any real location, or one of your own imagination. Please don’t use Middle-earth, The Forgotten Realms, Azeroth, Hogwarts, Westeros, Hawkins (or Eerie) Indiana, Dagobah… you see where I’m going with this.

Gremlin Rule #3: You CANNOT use the rules set in the Gremlins films. If you want to use rules, then make them up!

Other Rules

Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Gremlin Creative retains one-time non exclusive publication rights to all the entries to be published on Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published.

All rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on the title page.

It is recommended that original material be registered with the US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.


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