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Try out your best ‘gruesome’ writing for story contest

Spin a terrifying tale for Scary Story Contest

Halloween is just a few weeks away and Tri-City youths aged 11 to 18 can join the annual Scary Story Contest for a chance to win prizes and see their names in print.

The contest, as in past years, is put on by Coquitlam and Port Moody public libraries, and is sponsored by The Tri-City News.

To participate in the contest, local kids must write a terrifying tale and submit it; then, a panel of judges will award first-, second- and third-place prizes to the three best entries in each of two age categories: 11 to 14 and 15 to 18 years. 

Rules for the contest are as follows:

• Each entry must be no longer than 500 words.

• 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 entry deadline date of Oct. 21.

• Writers must include the following three words in their stories: gruesome, ululating and 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. If your city of residence is outside the Tri-Cities, make sure to include the name of the Tri-Cities school that you attend.

• Writers must email their entries — as a Word attachment, a PDF or in the body of the message — to no later than Sunday, Oct. 21.

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 around Halloween. Full contest details are on the Coquitlam Public Library and Port Moody Public Library web sites.

If you have questions about the Scary Story Contest, email librarian Chris Miller at or call 604-554-7339.