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Scary Story Contest

2022 scary story contest

Abandoned building

Funded by the Cerritos College Foundation

DEADLINE: October 31, 2022, 11:59 pm

Write an original, scary short story of 1,000 words or less. Stories can fall into a variety of subgenres, including but not limited to: suspense, horror, gothic, paranormal, supernatural, macabre, etc. Submissions should be uploaded to Turnitin by the October 31, 2022 deadline. For judging purposes, please do NOT put your name on the story itself. Instead, include your student ID# in the upper right corner of the document as a means of identifying your submission.

1st prize:$125   ~   2nd prize: $75   ~   3rd prize: $50

Information you will need to submit your story to Turnitin (If you don't have an account, you can create one for free):

Class ID: 36336584
Enrollment key: scary

2021 scary story contest

Old creepy mansion in fog

Funded by the Cerritos College Foundation

2021 winners

1st Place:"The Field Men" by Abigail Herrera

2nd Place:"From Hatred" by Abigail Bodell

3rd Place:"The Playhouse" by Adrian Alvarez

Honorable Mentions:

"Who Wields the Blade" by Daniel Garcia

"Rifts" by Alberto Rodriguez

"Welcome Back, Beast" by Tricia-Marie Ward


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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