Ghostly encounters? Decribe or draw them and win

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's time again for the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest.

We will also have a "scary drawing" contest for ages 8 and under.

This year, the story contest will be divided into three divisions by age, with a $25 gift card awarded in each division. The winning entries, as well as many honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 22 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette.

The three age divisions are as follows:

* Ages 9-13

* Ages 14-17

* Adults (18 and over)

Stories must be 750 words or fewer -- but remember that sometimes, shorter stories can be more effective than longer ones. Please include the author's name, phone number and address at the bottom of the story, as well as the author's age on Oct. 22, 2008 (17 and under) or the word "adult" (if entering the adult division).

Stories will be judged on skill, creativity and apppropriateness and must be the original work of the person submitting them. Stories should be written by the child, not the parent.

Scary drawings

The "scary drawing" contest, our first ever, is for children 8 and under. The prize will also be a $25 gift card.

Scary drawings should be done on an unlined, blank 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of white paper. Normal lead pencil drawings do not reproduce well and are discouraged; please use lines dark and heavy enough to be seen.

Entry information

Stories may be e-mailed to with "ghost story" as the subject line; mailed to Ghost Story Contest, Shelbyville Times-Gazette, PO Box 380, Shelbyville, TN 37162; or brought by our offices at 323 East Depot St.

Drawings may be mailed or hand-delivered.