The Alcalá Review is a national undergraduate literary journal based out of the University of San Diego. We consider the previously unpublished works of all current undergraduate students.

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Scary Story Contest
Ends on February 15, 2019

In Brief: To commemorate the bicentennial of Frankenstein's publicationThe Alcalá Review is holding a scary short story contest. 

Guidelines: Stories must be between 500 and 2500 words

Deadline: February 15, 2019


Reflecting on the origin of her infamous Gothic novel in her late years, Mary Shelley recalls experiencing a classic case of writer’s block: 

…I busied myself to think of a story, —a story to rival those which had excited us to this task. One which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature, and awaken thrilling horror—one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart. If I did not accomplish these things, my ghost story would be unworthy of its name (“Preface” to Frankenstein, 1831).

Born of a ghost story competition among a small group of friends during a rainy summer in 1816, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus has certainly outgrown its modest beginnings. Two hundred years after its original publication in London in 1818, Mary Shelley’s novel continues to exert a cultural influence that is arguably unmatched by any other work of fiction. We find her “hideous progeny” haunting everything from science fiction to cinema, philosophy, feminist and queer theory, and debates about artificial intelligence. Frankenstein proved to be an unexpectedly incisive and agile intellectual project for an eighteen-year-old girl. It is at once a semi-autobiographical psychodrama, a tale about the limitations of human knowledge, and a keen social commentary of early nineteenth-century Europe. 

On the occasion of its bicentennial, The Alcalá Review invites the submission of ghost stories in the spirit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. As all ghost stories do, the strongest submissions will explore some cultural anxiety or fear that finds expression in a tale of horror and/or the supernatural. Possible topics of exploration include race, sexuality, contemporary politics, science, and media cultures. Whatever the subject, the story must find ways to, as Shelley put it, “awaken thrilling horror” and “quicken the beatings of the heart.” The winning story will be featured in the spring 2019 issue of The Alcalá Review

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Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (1818) 

We accept all genres of short fiction, flash fiction and selections from longer works provided they can stand alone. You may submit one piece of no more than 15 pages, or up to two shorter pieces.

Please upload your work as a Word document and do not include your name anywhere on the document itself. 

You may submit up to five poems (each on a separate page), or a longer poem or poems no longer than five pages total. 

Please upload your work as a single Word document and do not include your name anywhere on the document itself. 

We accept personal essays, critical reviews of USD events, commentary pieces, and op-eds. You may submit one piece of no more than 15 pages, or up to two shorter pieces.

Please upload your work as a Word document and do not include your name anywhere on the document itself. 

Please submit between 10 and 20 of your best photographs. They can be centered around a theme of your choosing or an eclectic selection from your superlative work.

Please ensure adequate resolution. No iPhone photos please. 

Please submit up to twenty scanned works of visual art as either a JPEG, PNG, or PDF. 

If your work doesn’t fall under one of the other categories, or is a work in translation, we welcome you to submit it here. Keep your submission under 15 pages and include a short explanatory note. 

Please upload your work as a Word document and do not include your name anywhere on the document itself. 


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