Kids

Scary Writing Contest

For Grade K-8

Deadline: Monday, Oct. 13 • 11:59 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to write a story so scary that it makes your friends scream? Now’s your chance! Enter using the form below. Winners can tell their tales at a program at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 and be published in Kids’ Ink magazine.

Requirements:

All entries must be the original work of the student.  Parents may transcribe a young child’s entry. Students are limited to one entry in each category.

  • Short story: Entries must be 200 words (1 page) or less. No weapons may be used in the story.
  • Poem: Entries must be 200 words (1 page) or less. Entries may or may not rhyme. No weapons may be used in the poem.
  • Headstone Epitaph: Entries must be 10 words or less. Entries may or may not rhyme. No weapons may be used in the epitaph.

Judging Criteria:

Creativity and originality of entry. Illustrations are not included in judging criteria. Punctuation and grammar will not be judged. Winners will be announced October 21.

How to Enter:

This contest is open to all Elmhurst Public Library cardholders in grades K–8. Entries must be received by Monday, October 13 by 11:59 p.m. to qualify. Drop entries off at the Kids’ Library Help Desk, or enter using the form below. All entries become the property of the Elmhurst Public Library and may be posted on the Library’s website and/or social media.

Prizes:

Barnes & Noble gift card, publication in Elmhurst Public Library’s Kids’ Ink magazine and you get to read your story at the program on Oct. 27.

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