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Scary Story Contest

2021 scary story contest

Old creepy mansion in fog

Cash Prizes!

1st Place: $150  2nd Place: $100  3rd Place: $50

Funded by the Cerritos College Foundation

Stories due by 11:59pm on October 31, 2021!

Possible Story Topics:
  • Write about what haunts (or scares) you personally or what haunts us as a society, and give it a horror twist
  • Give spooky legends or myths a modern-day twist
  • Explore the paranormal or supernatural
Submission Guidelines:
  • Write something haunting (see above) Stories should be no longer than 1000 words
  • Your submission should be double-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font and should have a title!
  • Include your full name, email address, and student ID on the first page
Submitting Your Work:
  • If you don’t already have one, create a Turnitin account at You will need the following information to submit your work to
  • Class ID: 31921796
  • Enrollment key: spooky

2020 winners

1st Place: "Manifestation" by JC Rodriguez

2nd Place: "The Red Scare" by Ana Molestina

3rd Place: "Attic" by Lauren Sallans

Honorable Mention:"The Broken Manor" by James Shawe

2019 Winners 

1st Place: "The Alabaster Nightmare" by James Shawe

2nd Place:"Long Haul Into the Blackest Night" by Joshua Guzman

3rd Place:"Roswell" by Eric Barcelos

Honorable Mentions:

"It’s Not Polite to Stare" by Jan Alonso

"Final Encounter" by Bruno Cruz

"Headache" by Anthony Gonzalez

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