Scribbler’s Ghost Story Contest

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It's autumn, and along with the onset of football, the chafe of new backpacks, and the sweet-sickly aroma of pumpkin spice lattes, you may sense a slight -- a very slight -- chill in the air. That chill signals the approach of Scribbler's 2015 Ghost Story Contest. Those who wish to enter have 40 days to plumb the slanting hallways and dank basements of the psyche and return with a submission following the guidelines below. This contest is open to anyone in the St. Louis area: members of the Scribblers group current and former, readers of this blog, and/or misanthropic recluses on the ghostly margins of existence. The full details are below.

  1. The ghosts can be actual or metaphorical. Your story should have some kind of spooky presence in it, whether in the space of the story itself or the mind of one of its characters. Points will be given for original handling of the concept.
  2. Stories should be no longer than 1000 words (approximately 4 pages double-spaced) and should be submitted to no later than 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
  3. Please include a title for your story, but do not put your name on it. This will allow us to have a blind and anonymous judging process.
  4. Stories will be democratically judged by the attending members of the writing group at our meeting on Monday, November 2.
  5. The winning story will be published on this blog and the winning writer will receive a $25 gift card to Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop. Winning writer will retain all rights to the work; Scribbler claims first publication rights only.

(Disclaimer: Scribbler, the blog or the associated writing group, and Central Library -- which has its own ghost to deal with--will bear no responsibility for any damage caused by this Ghost Story Contest, whether the damage is physical or psychic. Participants enter at their own risk. Please direct any questions to Eric at

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