Georgia Writers Museu

  Every great story starts somewhere...

It was a dark and stormy night...The wind was howling...Tree branches knocked at your bedroom window…

But it’s Halloween, and you are putting on your costume and going trick-or-treating, no matter what! 

Suddenly you hear footsteps in the hallway. You hear the floor creak as someone moves closer and closer. Slowly, your bedroom door opens…. “MOM!” you scream. “You scared me!” 

Your mom gives you a crazy look. “I just came in to tell you about the Spooky Story Contest,” she says. “Georgia Writers Museum is announcing the winners tomorrow.”

You stop dead in your tracks. You submitted a story, but it was weeks ago.  Could you be the winner?!

Spooky Story Contest Eligibility, Rules and submission form


  • Students in grades 3-8 

  • Students who are in public, private, or home schools in
          Putnam County and Greene County


  • Stories must be student’s original work. Re-telling a published 
         work does not qualify

  • Maximum length:     
    3rd grade - one paragraph (approx. 250 words)
              4th - 5th grades - three  paragraphs (approx. one page) 
              6th - 8th grades - no more than two pages  

  • Stories must be submitted electronically by filling out the form on
         the right. For help, email

  • Entry must be submitted between September 15 and midnight
          oOctober 15 

  • Do not include artwork with entry 


  • Judges are selected by Georgia Writers Museum. Click on grade for
          judging criteria:    3rd      4th       5th       6th       7th       8th   
  • There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each grade level

  • Winners will be announced Friday, October 30


  • First Place Winners: $25 Gift Cards, PLUS photo and story will be 
    published in local newspapers 

  • Second Place Winners:  $15 Gift Cards

  • Third Place Winners:  $10 Gift Cards

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                      Thank You and Good Luck!