Get your scares on! It's time for T-G's Ghost Story contest

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's time again for the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest and our "scary drawing" contest for children.

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 some honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 19 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette.

Age divisions

The three age divisions for the story contest are as follows:

Ages 9-13

Ages 14-17

Adults (18 and over)

The "scary drawing" contest is for children in fifth grade or younger. The prize will also be a $25 gift card.


Stories must be 750 words or fewer. Please include the author's name, phone number and address at the bottom of the story, as well as the author's age as of Oct. 19, 2016 (if 17 or under) or the word "adult" (if entering the adult division).

Stories will be judged on skill, creativity and appropriateness and must be the original work of the person submitting them. Stories submitted in a child's name must be written by the child, not the parent.


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 published.

How to enter

Stories may be e-mailed to with "ghost story" as the subject line; mailed to Ghost Story Contest, Shelbyville Times-Gazette, P.O. Box 380, Shelbyville, TN 37162; or brought by our offices at 323 East Depot St. Each entry will be considered individually, but teachers are more than welcome to solicit entries from their students and submit them at the same time.

Because of the volume of stories we must process, e-mail or electronic submissions are strongly preferred for the ghost story contest.

Drawings must be mailed or hand-delivered.

The entry deadline is close of business on Oct. 13.