Boo! Announcing Our 2023 Ghost Story Winners!

Gather around, ghost story enthusiasts! We're thrilled to announce the winners of our 34th Annual Ghost Story Writing Contest. 

In October, we welcomed submissions and were met with an overflow of chillingly imaginative tales, each unique and haunting in its own right. This year’s submissions were not just stories; they were captivating journeys into the unknown. 

While we received many submissions, these outstanding entries sent shivers down our spines and left us in awe.

Click the links below to read the winning tales (PDF).

7 to 9-year-olds

The Haunting of the Summer Friends, opens a new window by Enid Stewart
The Ghost in the Forest, opens a new window by Anuja
The Day the Boats Sank, opens a new window by Vada Horne

10 to 12-year-olds

The Ghost of the Little Boy, opens a new window by Emily McKay
Untitled, opens a new window by Marley McPhee
The Ballerina, opens a new window by Helen Trott

13 to 15-year-olds

Julie, in the River, opens a new window by Luisa Ensslin
Crimson Eyes, opens a new window by Eris Davis
Mirrors, opens a new window by Charlotte Osmond

Random Draw Winner

Don't Touch Mine!, opens a new window by Jasmitha Loganathan

Thank you to all participants for bringing your ghostly worlds to life and keeping this beloved tradition alive with your remarkable creativity. We also extend a thank-you to Nimbus Publishing and our story contest judge, Clary Croft, for their time and book donations received by our contest winners.

Remember to check back for more updates on our next Teen Short Story contest in the new year, and keep weaving your spellbinding tales!