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Scary Story 2017

2018 Scary Story Contest winners announced

Congratulations to all our winners! Thank you for giving us a great scare!

11 to 14 years old category
1st place Untitled by Sofia Pareja
Age 12, Port Coquitlam 
2nd place  The Shed by Mason Mattu
Age 12, Port Coquitlam 
3rd place  Untitled by Hailey Stewart
Age 13, Port Coquitlam 

15 to 18 years old category
1st place  The Incident at Draycott Woods by Matthew Carew
Age 17, Coquitlam 
2nd place  Doors by Claire Zhang
Age 17, Port Moody 
3rd place  Welcome Back by Shanza Usmani
Age 16, Coquitlam 

More about the Contest:
Curdle our blood with your creepiest story

Are you the next Stephen King or Kelley Armstrong? Frighten us with your scariest tale and you might win prizes and be published in the Tri-City News. 

To join the contest, Tri-Cities teens aged 11-14 and 15-18 must write a terrifying tale and send it to our scary story e-mail account. Our panel of judges will award first, second and third place prizes to the three best entries in each age category.

Rules for the contest are as follows:

  • Each entry must be no longer than 500 words (title and byline do not count towards the total).
  • Writers must live or go to school in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore or Belcarra.
  • Writers who submit entries must be no younger than 11 and no older than 18 on the deadline date of Oct. 18.
  • Writers must include the following three words in their stories:
    • gruesome 
    • ululating
    • ichor 
  • Stories that do not include all three words will be disqualified.
  • Each writer must include his or her name, age, phone number and city of residence when they submit an entry. Writers, if your city of residence is outside the Tri-Cities, please include the name of the Tri-Cities school that you attend.
  • Writers must e-mail their entries - preferably as a MS Word attachment, a PDF, or in the body of the message -  to no later than Sunday, Oct. 21. Entries sent after 11:59pm October 21 will not be accepted.

Winners in each age category will receive prizes worth $50 (first), $30 (second) and $20 (third). Some entries will also be published in the Tri-City News. The more frightening the story, the better chance of winning prizes.

The Scary Story Contest is a partnership between Coquitlam Public Library, the Port Moody Public Library and the Tri-City News.

For more information, contact:

Chris Miller
Coquitlam Public Library
Corene Maret Brown
Port Moody Public Library
Last updated: 03/11/2018 3:20:14 PM