What is Paranormal Anyway?

Here it is, the first Monday in 2012! Hard to believe, but to be honest I am glad to say goodbye to 2011.

One of the things I am looking forward to in 2012 is going through the entries to my flash fiction contest. The deadline for entry is January 15th, so the time is coming for you to get started.

However, it has come to my attention that people may not know what I mean by paranormal and might be reluctant to enter their stories. So, in an attempt to reduce confusion (or perhaps cause more) I am going to try to define  ‘paranormal’.

World English Dictionary
paranormal adj.- beyond normal explanation.
That covers a lot of ground doesn’t it? Admittedly, it is the broadest definition, but it the one I like to use. Stories about monsters (except for human) are all paranormal. So are stories of cryptozooids, Martians, and strange things that cannot exist in this world.
In other words, when I say paranormal (for the purposes of the contest) I include fantasy, a bit of science fiction and horror, as well as the more traditional paranormal elements.
Also remember that the flash fiction I want for the contest only has to have a paranormal element. It DOES NOT have to be a paranormal story.
Anyway, time is running out… 13 days and counting. Get your stories in!

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