Entries sought for annual ghost story contest

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

The story contest is divided into two divisions by age, with a $25 prize awarded in each division. The winning entries, as well as some honorable mention stories, will be published in the Wednesday, Oct. 24 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette.

Age divisions

The age divisions for the story contest are as follows:

• Ages 9-17

• Adults (18 and over)

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

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. 24, 2018 (if 17 or under) or the word "adult" (if entering the adult division).

Original works

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 reproduced. Electronically drawn or colored submissions are acceptable so long as they are entirely original work and do not include any clip art, photography, or other such non-original elements. Electronically-produced entries should be printed onto an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of white paper.

How to enter

Stories may be e-mailed to jcarney@t-g.com 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.

For e-mailed stories, our preference is for contestants to just put the text of the story in the body of an email. If you must attach a file, it should be a Microsoft Word or equivalent format. Do not send a link to file-sharing services, as we've had technical problems receiving such entries in the past.

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. 18.