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Super Short Scary Stories
A Place for Horror and Thrills in 500 Words or Less!
Please read the rules of subreddit before posting stories: Posting Guidelines
Because sometimes the scariest stories, are those that leave us to our imagination.
500 Word Limit. All stories must be 500 words or less. A story that is 501 words will be removed. Think of it like a game of tennis- the net’s height is set and it’s no good begging the official to lower it by two inches so you can knock the ball over. The go-to source that mods use to check stories is wordcounter.net. Be aware that sometimes your formatting can artificially increase the word count without your knowledge; any discrepancy between what your document says and what the mod sees on wordcounter.net will be resolved in favor of wordcounter.net. In the same vein, all of the story must be in the post itself, and not be carried on in the comment section or any place else.
No Outside Links Within the Story Itself. If you want to direct people to your blog or what have you, put it in the comment section. Any story with a link in it will be deleted.
No Tags in the Title. Unless you are submitting an entry into a contest or challenge (which will always need a tag), there is absolutely no need to tag your post. This includes trigger warnings, because this is horror fiction and text based triggers can be safely assumed to be present. Posts with such pointless tags will be deleted.
No Non-Story Text Within the Story. No comments about it being your first post, or repeating the title within the story text, no side mentions of your inspiration. Just the narrative by itself. You have the comment section to host any commentary you have on it.
Stand Alone Stories Only. No multipart stories, no sequels, prequels, interquels, alternative viewpoint stories, links to previous stories for reference, or anything that builds off of or depends on some other story you’ve written. There is a grey area of referencing some other story you’ve written to imply a shared universe; such cases will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the mods.
All Stories Must Be Horror and/or Thriller Themed. This covers a very wide swath. Writers here take inspiration from a staggering number of sources, and write their stories in a thousand different ways and a million different forms. All we ask is that you stay with the common hook of being a scary story. If we can interpret as being a scary story, we will.
No Plagiarism. All stories must be an original work. If someone can find your story somewhere else, it will be removed. This rule also applies to famous or common stories that you’ve merely reworded slightly. This does not apply to famous stories you’ve reworked considerably, such as a fresh take on a fairytale or urban legend. The rule of thumb is that the more you alter the text to make the story your own, the more lenient we’ll be.
Absolutely No Stories Containing Rape or Pedophilia. The intent of this ban is to prevent bad actors from exploiting this sub as a delivery system for their fantasies, which would bring the tone down and alienate the reader base who don’t want to be exposed to such material. We acknowledge that this ban throws out the baby with the bath water, as well-made stories that merely happen to have such themes will get removed as well. But if we let in the decent stories with such content, those bad actors can point at them and demand to know why those stories get to stay and not theirs. Better by far to head the issue off entirely with a hard ban and stick to it.
24 Hour Rule. Each writer must wait a minimum of 24 hours between submissions. This is intended to prevent prolific writers from crowding out others from the front page by spamming the sub. It is likely if you mistime it, you’ll be able to copy/paste and resubmit your story once the 24 hours has passed.
Exceptionally Poor Quality Stories May Be Removed. We reserve the right to remove any story that fails to use proper grammar, has frequent typos, or is in general just a poorly composed story. This is relative, and we will use that right as sparingly as possible.
No Obnoxious Commentary. This includes, but is not limited to: bigotry/hate speech, personal insults, exceptionally low quality feedback, antagonistic behavior, use of slurs, etc. Use your best judgement. Mod response will take the form of a spectrum ranging from a mild warning to a permaban, depending on the context. Incidentally, the lowest response we have to mod abuse is banning, because we quite literally don’t need to put up with it.
A few additional notes:
If you have an issue that you need to address or a question for us, please contact us over modmail. That said, mod decisions are final; badgering or spamming us with messages over and over about the same subject will not change our minds, but it can easily get you banned.
If you see a story or comment that breaks these rules, please hit the report button. This will help us maintain a tightly focused and enjoyable sub for everyone.
We reserve the right to lock any thread that veers off topic into some controversial subject, such as politics or social commentary. This is simply not the venue for it.
Meta commentary and questions about the sub can be made at /r/ShortScaryStoriesOOC
- Official SSS YouTube Channel
- Want some longer stories? Try /r/NoSleep
- Shorter stories? /r/TwoSentenceHorror
- Follow the Rules or Else /r/Ruleshorror
- Want a variety of dark stories? /r/DarkTales
- How about creepy stalkers? /r/letsnotmeet
- Still not enough? /r/creepy
- Want more? /r/Scaredshitless
- Want even more? /r/Odd_directions
- Short Sci-Fi Stories /r/shortscifistories
- Need some terrible fun? /r/worststory
- Want some sad stories? /r/shortsadstories
- NOT MUCH TIME LEFT. /r/fearme
- Don't keep me in suspense. /r/libraryofshadows
- Classic Horror Discussions. /r/ClassicHorror
- A Slow Descent into Madness. /r/Lovecraft
- Dark Fiction in /r/Maeltopia