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2021-Flash-05
"Scary"

It’s that time of year again! Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting shorter, the nights longer.  Halloween is just around the corner, with its pumpkins and witches, harvest moons and black cats.
We invite you to write a story of 350 words or less with a Halloween theme.  Your story can be frightening, funny, supernatural, spooky – just as long as it is in the spirit of Halloween.  Some of our past shortlisted scary stories might inspire you! 

Good luck in the contest!

Double-check your story against the rules below, and make all corrections BEFORE you submit!  Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.

Ensure your submission follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Include some reference to a Halloween theme

A few stories will be selected for early publication to inspire other members, open up interesting threads of discussion, and get us all in a Halloween mood! All the shortlisted stories will be added to the list below after the entry deadline.

Good luck, everyone!

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Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
17 days ago

Thank you for this latest contest! My head is already buzzing with ideas  💀 

Leyla Unerli
Leyla Unerli (@leyla-unerli)
16 days ago

Does it have to be a story or can it be a script or poetry?

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
15 days ago
Reply to  Leyla Unerli

I’m not much of a poet, but it would be nice to see a poetry contest at some time. There doesn’t seem to be a very big outlet for short poetry, and I do love to read a good poem from time to time. I also have a friend who writes poetry, well, she’s Emily’s friend from her synchronized skating days, but I got to know her and her mum quite well. It would be a nice place for her to contribute to too. I know you’ve already had haiku on the site but it would probably bring a more diverse audience to Voice.

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
15 days ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

I would really like to see a poetry contest in the future, too. I love the flash fiction contests, the wonderful prompts that inspire me and reading the incredible variety of stories from fellow members. A poetry contest would be a great bonus. My grade six teacher cruelly told me the poems I’d tried so hard to write for homework were ‘not very good’ 🙁 I resolved to never try again but, fortunately, when I joined a writing group in my thirties they encouraged me and now I often write poems. Once painfully shy, I even joined our local open mic group a couple of years ago and with kind encouragement look forward to reading my efforts 🙂

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
15 days ago

I can hardly believe we’re back to this time of year again. It only feels like five minutes since I wrote my stories for last years ‘scary’ themed contest. It’s such a fun and diverse theme, I’m sure our cauldrons are brimming and boiling over with ideas. Let the fun commence 😈

Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares (@eduardo-olivares)
7 days ago

Oh my, oh my. Halloween makes me want to ghostly write… if you know what I mean… 🙃  🤓  😜 

Leyla Unerli
Leyla Unerli (@leyla-unerli)
6 days ago

Is this contest unlimited entries?

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
1 day ago

Can I ask what “under review” means if I find it attached to one of my stories? I love this theme by the way, so much fun!

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
1 day ago
Reply to  Voice-Team

Thanks for explaining it to me! I just thought maybe I had done something wrong 😅 . I’m thankful for the clarification!

Last edited 1 day ago by Melissa Taggart
Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 day ago

I love this theme too. I rarely write stories that don’t have at least a touch of the supernatural, so this theme is right up my street. There are some superb stories that have been early shortlisted to read too. So much fun, and makes Halloween more enjoyable for this introvert at least! 😉

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