Contest Rules and Info

  • All handwritten story submissions must not exceed one page in length (download the official scarystoriescontest submission packet or request one from:

  • All typed story submissions must not exceed 250 words. All typed submissions should be emailed to the above address as a word document or pdf with the following formatting: name, story title, size 12 font, Times New Roman. 

  • Only one story submission is allowed per person within any given contest period 

  • All submitted stories must be original essays and will be checked for plagiarism 

  • Contestants under the age of 16 must have a sponsor 

  • Sponsors may include teachers, parents, or other involved adults

  • Sponsors may represent as many writers as they would like, but please see the tips for submitting in bulk before registering. 

  • Contestants may have their work revised or edited by peers, but sponsors are not allowed to offer suggestions or revisions at any point in the writing process (this includes brainstorming, rough drafting, revising, editing, or publishing)

  • No explicit violence is allowed in story submissions--writers may reference or imply aspects of danger, such as violence; however, contest judges are directed to use their discretion in selecting or rejecting finalists based on their level of appropriateness 

  • All story submissions will be received regardless of payment; however, only story submissions that have submitted contest fee of $5.00 will be entered for judging. Click Lincoln's face below to pay online, or visit the home page for our mailing address. 

  • One contestant from each age group will receive a winning prize. See How to enter for more details. Cash prizes range between $25 - $100.

  • Download the Scary Stories Rubric to better understand how stories will be scored

  • Story submissions must be received before the contest deadline of midnight on October 30, 2020. This allows adequate time for contest judges to read all entries and announce the finalists on HALLOWEEN!!!

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