Announcing Rusty Fears 4 Winners!

As we continue the roll of bonus, post-series content for The Magnus Archives, there is one major task still outstanding, and that’s to announce the winning entries in this year’s installment of our horror short story writing competition, Rusty Fears 4: Feartile Ground!

This year we asked you for your takes on one of four themes:

  1. An Animal’s Viewpoint
  2. A Curious Collection
  3. The Messenger
  4. Seeds of Doubt

These themes certainly provided some fertile soil in which to cultivate your creative imaginations. Thank you to everyone who sent in stories and spread the word. We received 346 valid entries, which is nearly double that of Rusty Fears 3! To say that that narrowing these down to any kind of shortlist, let alone the winning entries, was extremely difficult is something of an understatement – the quality was super-high all round. However, after much deliberation and discussion, the judging panel has finally selected its set of four winners.

This year’s judging panel involved:

  • Hattie Quinlan
  • Helen Gould
  • Elizabeth Moffatt
  • Anil Godigamuwe

Their decision as to the winning entries… <<drumroll.wav>>


  • Anushka Mehrotra for Nazar
  • Cecelia Morelli for New Roots
  • Thekla Kenneison for The Budding
  • Miranda B for The Final Culling

These stories will now undergo the Rusty Quill treatment for a dramatic reading and broadcast. Stay tuned to The Magnus Archives feed to hear the final productions!

And honourable mentions go to the following entries:

  • Mo Farr – Anomalous Light
  • Kj Amidon – Arrested Decay
  • Holly Kybett Smith – Bewitched
  • Chelsea Wood – Bitter Bloom
  • Josefin Berntsson – Cutbacks
  • Cleo Lockhart – Getaway
  • Ezra Scherzo – “It.”
  • Rose Hoult – It Will Be Nothing At First
  • Hannah Elizabeth – Memento Mori
  • Joseph Chaplain – Necrophoresis
  • The Mantyf – Ownership
  • Sarina H – Penumbra
  • Phoebe Rendon-Nissenbaum – Playing Tricks
  • Mariam Syed – The Green House
  • fauxfox – You Make A Home

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