Good Riddance



With our seemingly endless shared nightmare–the year 2020–finally coming to an end, we’re in the mood to celebrate. This month, stories must feature a liberation or new beginning of some kind that results from the riddance of “bad rubbish.”


Standing rules and guidelines can be found on our Compete page.

Up to 7,500 words.
Original works only.
No previously published pieces.
All submissions must be in English.


Submission period begins November 1st and closes December 15th, 2020. Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2021.


1ST PLACE: $500
2ND PLACE: $250
3RD PLACE: $100

SWAG: All three winners receive Mechanist profiles and a gift box.

TRIBUTES: Contestants have the ability to collect donations (“Tribute”) from fans. The Dread Machine awards these donations in full.

NARRATION RIGHTS: Contestants have the ability to sell the rights to narrate their work or utilize their intellectual property in other works. Like all contributors to The Dread Machine, contestants set their own prices and authorize the sales to ensure their work only appears on channels and outlets they approve of. All purchasers are required to abide our Narration Terms & Conditions.


Contestants grant The Dread Machine continuing internet rights. 

We will not publish your work further without your explicit approval. If we want to use your work beyond publishing it on this site (for instance, in a printed anthology), we’ll reach out to you and negotiate that separately.


We review all submissions within 14-21 days. If we expect it will take longer, we will notify you in advance. Once you have registered and logged in, you can monitor the status of your submissions and contest entries on your Mechanist Dashboard.

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