Haunted Reads: Spooky Writing Contest

Do you have what it takes to spook, scare, shock? We want you to try your hand at writing a scary story for our Haunted Reads writing contest!

The Contest

With Halloween in mind, write a story that is: scary, spooky, or just plain creepy! You can write something that’s traditional horror, or something a little different. Just make sure it gives us a shiver down our spine!

And you’ve got to get the chills on in 100-250 words. That’s right, this is a flash fiction contest! Make it short, sweet, and spooky.

To enter, submit your piece of flash fiction on the Novel Novice Haunted Reads Writing Contest Entry Form.

The Prizes

Up to ten (yes, 10!) winners will receive one of the following books:

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
  • Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan
  • Croak by Gina Damico
  • Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez
  • Scary School: Monsters on the March  by Derek the Ghost
  • Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins
  • The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade
  • Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin
  • Always October by Bruce Coville

(Please note: we reserve the right to award fewer prizes based on the quality of entries received.)

The Rules

  • One (1) entry per person
  • U.S. only
  • Use the entry form
  • Entries should be between 100-250 words (no more, no less!)
  • Use proper grammar & spelling

The Deadline

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Wednesday, October 31st.

Questions: Leave ’em in the comments & we’ll reply!

8 thoughts on “Haunted Reads: Spooky Writing Contest

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  1. Such a cool prompt! 🙂 I have very little experience with horror, due to my overactive imagination and resulted lack of scary movie exposure, so I don’t think I’ll enter… but I’m going to read the winning entries for sure. 😀

  2. wow what a cool contest, I have submitted my entry and can’t wait to see who wins. I was wondering who won the steampunk contest and the quarantined contest? Any winners yet?

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