October means Halloween, and Halloween means a return of our annual Scary Story contest! We are so excited for your chilling stories to keep us up at night once again.
This year, we want to challenge you to do something new and unexpected with your scary story. Put a spin on an old tale, or try a new take on an old trope. We don’t want to narrow it down much further than that, so look to scare and surprise us with your creativity.
You only get one entry, so make it a good one!
2 Runners-up: $25
Final Submission Due Date
You must enter your submission to the form below by 8 a.m. MST on Monday, October 21.
Announcement of Winners
We will announce contest winners on the blog on Thursday, October 24.
Keep your submission to no more than 2,000 words. We won’t accept stories that exceed this word count.
We’ll judge submissions with three criteria in mind:
- How scary is this submission?
- How gripping or interesting is this submission? Does it try something new or distinguish itself in an interesting way?
- How well is this submission written? Is it polished, clear, and grammatically correct?
Submit your scary story below!