a writing contest for those who dare

Story Triage

spooky stories and creepy crawlies

Is Halloween your favorite time of year? Then you're in the right place!

We want your scary stories. Ghosts and ghouls. Things that go bump in the night. Unexplained creaks on the stairs. Monsters under the bed, in the closet, in the attic.

What makes the hair on the back of your head stand on end? Embrace the season and send us your scariest story.

fight back and win

When everything seems hopeless, step up to the challenge!

We want your stories about courage and bravery. Fighting back against impossible odds. Fearlessness and inner strength.

Give us characters who refuse to give up, who stand up for what's right, who won't leave friends and family behind. Overcome your fear of writing and send us your story today.

ages 13-15

Compete for a $500 USD grand prize
OR one of 5 $50 honorable mention prizes

Add your story to the forum and get votes
for a chance at the $150 popularity prize!

ages 16-18

Compete for a $750 USD grand prize
OR one of 5 $100 honorable mention prizes

Add your story to the forum and get votes
for a chance at the $300 popularity prize!

ages 19+

Compete for a $1000 USD grand prize
OR one of 5 $200 honorable mention prizes

Add your story to the forum and get votes
for a chance at the $500 popularity prize!

grand prize track

prizes:

adult: $1000 USD
teen: $750 USD
youth: $500 USD

PLUS featured publication on storybilder.com

judging:

adult category judged by: the StoryBilder team (blind reading)
teen and youth categories judged by: the Writer's Desk team (blind reading)

ALL entries are AUTOMATICALLY entered into the Grand Prize track.

judging criteria:

  • Interpretation of theme
  • Quality of writing
  • Writing style
  • Originality

public voting track

prizes:

adult: $500 USD
teen: $250 USD
youth: $100 USD

PLUS featured publication on storybilder.com

judging:

adult category judged by: the StoryBilder team (blind reading) and the public
teen and youth categories judged by: the Writer's Desk team (blind reading) and the public

the Public Voting Track is OPTIONAL

Note: Stories entered in the Public Gallery qualify for prizes in BOTH categories.

If you choose to include your entry in the Public Voting Prize, we'll post your story in the public gallery, where readers can vote for their favorites.

judging criteria (for top 25 selection):

  • Interpretation of theme
  • Writing style
  • Originality
  • Popularity
guardian

** IMPORTANT! **

We see you're entering the youth or teen categories. That's great!
We need your parent or guardian's information to keep this contest safe.

We will contact them if you win. Depending on where you live, they may need to claim the prize on your behalf.
Please get their permission to enter this contest before you continue.
This information is REQUIRED.



Submit your story October 1 through 31

...if you dare.

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*Contest open to residents of Canada and the United States, aged 13+. Entrants who participate in the Public Voting track and winners whose stories are published on storybilder.com forfeit First World Publication Rights to StoryBilder, Ltd. One story per person. Chances of Winning decrease as more people enter the contest.