Contest Announcement: It Must Be Bone-Chilling

IMBH is proud to announce its first ever paid writing contest. Given our fondness for the season, the theme of this contest is horror. Through October 24, 2017, IMBH is accepting short, horror stories as part of its It Must Be Bone-Chilling competition. 

Horror contest flyer

The contest winner will receive $50 and publication on our Half-Baked page. Contest guidelines are listed below and general questions should be directed to or our Facebook page.

How to Compete

  1. Like and follow the IMBH Facebook page
  2. Review guidelines, write, edit and submit
  3. Share with your friends and get excited


  • All submissions will be sent to
  • In the subject line, note that this is a contest submission, your name, and title of work. Examples: 
    • Horror Contest – “Something Scary Sounding” by Marvin Barry
  • All documents will be in .doc format.
  • Include your name, preferred email address and website/preferred social media account in the body of your email submission
  • Include a short, 100 word, third-person bio in the body of your email submission.
  • Lengths not to exceed 4,000 words
  • Flash pieces are accepted
  • One submission per person
  • Previously unpublished work will be considered but prior publication details must be disclosed
  • By submitting, you are claiming the work as your own, original creative work and giving IMBH permission to publish if selected as winner
  • Winners to be announced on Halloween, October 31, 2017


Horror is subjective, and as a result, we are prepared to read entries spanning many different sub-genres of horror. Our only stipulation is that your entry is tasteful within the context of this theme. Stories depicting sexual, or overly-excessive violence against women and children will not be considered.


Office Hours – February, 2017



Friends of It Must Be Heartbreaking,

Myke and I haven’t been shy about sharing our goals for IMBH. Atop the list for 2017 is the launch of an annual print anthology. As you can imagine, the production of this project is a bit more complicated than assembling entries, formatting selected works and sending data to a printer. We want to give any contributors to this project the best experience possible. This includes a streamlined submission and jurying process but, most importantly, it also means no submission fees to cover production costs. We want to be in the business of paying our contributors, especially for print work.

While we realize the power and potential of a well-executed crowdfunding campaign, we’re also aware that our social media presence isn’t quite where it could be for such an initiative.

That’s where you come in.

No, we’re not asking for money (well, not yet). Instead, we’re asking that you invite your friends and family to follow our IMBH social accounts. Even if they’re not into the type of work we’re publishing, we believe that everyone has a bit of artistry in them and can still appreciate our collective creations.

Above everything else – print anthologies, live events, and building a community of writers and artists – we want IMBH to be a place for people to interact with fresh, new content. Essays, guest blogs, opinion pieces and reviews are all welcome. These are the things that are particularly important for many of us right now, and IMBH wants to help provide that service.

Your assistance in helping IMBH build a larger social audience is a crucial step in accomplishing these goals.

In the meantime, we’re thrilled to continue bringing everyone exciting work through our online channels. In that spirit, Myke and I are considering a digital anthology based on the theme of “Home.” The idea of how one’s home can spur creativity is fascinating to us. Short fiction, poetry, photography and personal essays inspired by your hometown, its residents or even your childhood home are all fair game.

A digital-only anthology may not appeal to everyone, so we’d like to get feedback from anyone willing to weigh in:


We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, and for inviting your friends to check us out. And, of course, thank you for reading and contributing to It Must Be Heartbreaking.

Take care,

The Big Cheese, It Must Be Heartbreaking

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IMBH’s Myke Doyle Interviews with Capaul’s Corner

Friend of It Must Be Heartbreaking, Ben Capaul, recently invited world traveler and IMBH editor, Myke Doyle, to participate in the maiden voyage of his new YouTube channel – Capaul’s Corner. 

Capaul’s Corner will be bringing you the latest news and updates from emerging authors, musicians and artists. 

Check out episode 1 and IMBH’s interview below: 

Be sure to subscribe to Capaul’s Corner on YouTube, in order to stay up to date with their channel. 


Are you a writer or poet? Maybe a musician or artist? IMBH is currently accepting submissions for publications to its online platforms. Visit our submissions page to learn more.

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