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Scary Story Contest

2020 scary story contest

Forest at Night


First place: $150  Second place: $100   Third Place: $50


Write a scary short story!

Possible 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: 26761611

Enrollment key: spooky

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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Last Update: 10/6/2020