Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Scare the Dickens out of Us Ghost Contest

During a presentation at the MWG conference last weekend, mystery writer and keynote speaker Elaine Viets encouraged writers to enter contests.

The following is information about a contest she recommends. The entry fee for adult writers at $20 is a bit steep, but the prizes are generous and it's for a good cause.

Friends of the Clark Library is sponsoring the "Scare The Dickens Out of Us" ghost story writing contest.

First place prize of $1000, second place prize of $500 and third place prize of $250 will be awarded this year for the best original, previously unpublished ghost stories 5000 words or less that are submitted.

For younger writers, The Junior Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest, which follows the same rules, offers $250 for first place for writers aged 12-18.

This contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. The main contest requires a $20 entry fee and the Junior contest a $5 entry fee. The contest is privately funded. All entry fee money goes directly to the Friends where it is donated to the library for library projects.

Entries are accepted beginning July 1.
The contest postmark deadline is October 1, 2011.

Full rules are at the Clark Library Friends website. No publication is involved. Writers retain full rights to their stories. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers, and to local, national and international writers as well. The only rules are that you write an original, unpublished ghost story and that it be 5000 words or less in length.

Good luck if you enter.


  1. You always find the cool stuff, Donna. Thank you for the tip! Maybe I'll try this one out...


  2. I wish I had some ghost story material....I just have no scary ideas! Good tip though for those who do!!

  3. Hi it's nice to meet you. I found your blog through Lisa's post. I'm a new follower. =)

    Poetry, Quotes and Book Reviews.

  4. Thanks for the info! :)

    Happy Tuesday,

  5. Hey Donna. I've been on a submission high these past few weeks. I've never done scary but there is enough time to try.

  6. Hey, I just figured out that Lockheart is were we visited this past summer on our way home from Houston. Talk about BBQ! We went out of our way just to eat at two of their BBQ places. Yum,yum!

  7. Hi Chynna,
    You are welcome. Good luck.

    Hi Claudia,
    Thanks. and I heard your name called at the banquet on Saturday night. Congratulations on your win.

    Hi Tiger85,
    Thanks, and welcome to Donna's Book Pub.

    Hi Karen,
    You are welcome.

    Hi Sally,
    Today is a perfect day for BBQ here. Lovely weather


  8. I've never done scary, either, but this sounds like a fun opportunity to try.


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