This time around, we’re looking for fiction, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, featuring a character named Nicole. She can be the protagonist, antagonist, monster, victim, friend, etc. As long as she (or, I suppose they, since gender fluidity is fine) plays a significant, if not pivotal role, in the story.
The other requirement is that the story contain a traveling carnival.
Quick recap: Horror/dark fantasy/; Nicole; traveling carnival; 2-5K; Pays in copy; MARCH 1 deadline.