Ghost Story Writing Contest

Scare up a spooky tale or a shivery story this summer and enter the 28th Annual Ghost Story Writing Contest.

Helen Creighton knew what made a good ghost story: howling winds, creepy characters, ghostly ships, strange apparitions and things that go “bump” in the night.

Get writing and send us some thrills and chills. Get the entry form here. (PDF)

Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to youth age 7 to 15.
  2. Submit your ghostly tale in one of the following age categories: Ages 7-9, Ages 10-12, Ages 13-15
  3. The contest runs until Saturday, September 2, 2017.
  4. The story must be your own work: either an original piece, or a retelling (in your own words) of a ghost story that you’ve heard.
  5. Judges will pick the two ghostliest stories in each age category to receive book prizes.
  6. Winners will be announced and all entrants honoured at an awards ceremony at the Alderney Gate Public Library on Sunday, October 30/2:15 p.m.
  7. All entries are photocopied for the judging process, so stories should be typed. If typing is not possible, stories should be written in ink.
  8. Limit of one story per writer. Individual entries only; group or class submissions will not be accepted.

For more information, call the Alderney Gate Public Library youth services department at 902-490-5748.

The Ghost Story Writing Contest is sponsored by Halifax Public Libraries and the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.


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