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2018 Short Scary Stories Halloween Contest!

To my great delight, it is once again the most fabulous time of the year!

Our epic 2018 Halloween Contest begins…

Right Now!

In honor of our most unholiest of holidays, we’re going to have a two week contest!


RULES AND REGS

  • Stories must be Halloween themed. Be creative!

  • Contest entries must be tagged with [Halloween 2018]. No tag. No qualify. Please ensure your tags are as seen, with the capitalization of the “H” in Halloween, and the full tag. No abbreviations. Yes, this seems rather anal and restrictive, but aside from my usual madness, there is a reason for this. Reddit’s search feature is rather “specific” on search results. For example, during our /r/SleepSpell competition, the winning story wasn’t available in the search results because it wasn’t tagged precisely as the search I listed. So please, please, please, use the tag correctly as it is listed.

  • All entries must adhere to the subreddit rules. Entries not meeting the guidelines will be disqualified and removed.

  • Multiple entries are allowed. Please remember the 24 Hour rule.

  • Previous contest winners and author of the month winners are allowed to participate and may select which flair to continue with should they win the contest. Or we can work it out. I’m open to suggestions! Someone needs the title of “Pumpkin King”!

  • Top 5 Upvoted Stories are the winners. If there are any ties or if Reddit’s vote fudging makes determining a placement too tricky, authors will split the placement, and the next highest upvoted story will take the subsequent placement until we have a winner’s circle.

  • If a single author claims multiple Top 5 placements, the next highest upvoted story will be added into the winners circle among authors. We don’t want to punish good writers for placing multiple times, but we also don’t want to have an entire winners circle made up of the same person or people. Some contests in the past have had up to 7+ authors included in the winner’s circle due to ties and multiple placements.

Note: If you are an author with a fan-base, please consider submitting your story under a throwaway account to level the playing field.


Top Winner Prizes:

  • $5 Amazon Digital Gift Card (Donated by yours truly and Commander-in-Creep, /u/Human_Gravy)

  • Customized SSS flair – “Pumpkin King,” “Evil Shadow Queen,” “Master of Bone” or something similar. We’ll talk and come up with something cool for you.

  • Their story narrated on the SSS YouTube Channel.

  • Free eBook copy of Horror d’Oeuvres – Bite-Sized Tales of Terror, the 1st ShortScaryStories Charity book project which has raised over $1000 for Scares That Care, an approved 501(c)(3) that fights the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden.

  • A picture of an adorable baby animal in a Halloween Costume.


The contest begins as soon as you finish reading this and ends October 31st 11:59 at midnight Eastern standard time.

Questions? Comments? Complaints? Leave them below!

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