2018 50 Word $500 Horror Story Halloween Contest

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Welcome to our 2018 50 Word Horror Story Halloween Contest! Here is our BIGGEST contest this year. You know how much we love Halloween, and instead of giving you promotional money, we are giving out hard cash. We’ve decided to change the monetary prize to the 50 word contest. In the past our 500 word contest would carry a promotion prize, and publication, but honestly we didn’t get the amount of submissions we wanted. This year, we want it right here on this page. We are giving out 500$ to the winner of this contest! The deadline is October 28, 2018. We will announce the winners on Halloween Night in our movie and chat. There will be a 2nd and 3rd place winner, but there is no money given for those positions.

Here are the rules of our contest

Stories:

  • Must be high quality horror stories
  • Must be 50 words or under
  • Must be a complete story
  • Have to be in before our deadline.
  • Deadline is October 28, 2018
  • Enter as many stories as you like!
  • Post your story in the comments below.
  • Scariest Story Wins

We will announce the winners in a movie chat night, like every Halloween.

What you win:

  • Your story will be placed on a tile and shared on our social networks
  • You will get a winning announcement post with links to your books and/or website
  • You will win $500 cash.

We hope to also do a print issue this year, but no promises, we’ve had a lot of trouble with this in the past. We want your best 50 word horror story! POST THEM BELOW DO NOT SEND EMAILS.

Richard Edwards has a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Education from the University of Akron. Managing editor of Drunk Duck, poetry editor for Prairie Margins, reporter for Miscellany, Akron Journal, Lorain Journal...check our About Us page for more. Also here is info on our On Classic Articles

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  2. Hello, I am taking a short break from EWR until 11/11/18 (traveling). The winners of all contests were posted on our Twitter, in the movie chat, and sent through our newsletter! Please follow us on Twitter and sign up for the newsletter. The Christmas rush will kick off this weekend. More information is coming.

    • Here’s the list of winners that was posted on Twitter (@everywriter):
      Winner 25 Word Contest Tracey Brown
      Winner of 50 Word Contest Logan Short
      Winner of Writing Prompt contest Nate Rowe
      Winner of the 500-word contest Wendy Montoya
      Winner of the Haiku Contest Nicoli Carr

      • Sorry for only just noticing this, but thanks for updating me. Wish there was a way to pull my story off this site so I could use it elsewhere, but I can’t see one.

  3. We announced the winners tonight in a live Chat, but I would like to wait until all are contacted until we post the winners on our site. It usually takes a day or 2. Please check back, I will post it on the front page….

  4. “Correspondence”

    My arm stretches out, fingertips straining for the letter. There’d been so many, too many. I hadn’t been able to read them all.

    “What did I say?” he hisses, watching me struggle while I’m tied up fast.

    I stop trying. My heart sinks. “You said you were coming for me.”

  5. No pumpkin in the window means ‘get lost’ but it cleared the fence in one hurtling, cloven-footed bound, landing a heavy one-two.

    Tap-tap at the glass brought her to the back door, in range now. Its black mouth boiled with rusty, broken teeth, bone splinters and bloody spit.

  6. jack-o-lantern
    jack-o-lantern kill people every halloween he died by a hunter. a man found a curse on his hand he turned to jack-o-lantern.he burn people and beat them up.people hear his evil laugh every halloween then he kill them with his machete their blood was every were jack-o-lantern is dangerous.

  7. Divination

    Held in front of her, the mirror reveals nothing of the cellar, only darkness. Madeline swallows, steps backward, and down.
    “Whoever my true love be, look in this glass with me.”
    A hollow-eyed skeletal reflection forms in the shadowed mirror. Madeline’s breath catches, a heel slips. Then she is falling.

  8. The murderer struggles, gags, vomits and heaves as blood pours from his eyes. At full voltage Arthur gets zapped for a record ten minutes. The corpse is still. People in the viewing room stare .After one minute Arthur groans and spits out a mouthful of blood.

  9. PEEL

    He escorted the bound children through a cold maze. “As you will see, I adore supple skin, much like yours- the kind meant to be used in fashion.” Sit, observe, you too will become something magnificent.” He set to work, the screams delighted him as he scalded, scraped and peeled.

  10. THE DEVIL’S OCCUPATION

    “Sir, we’re closing.” “Am I the only one here?” the man asks raspily. “Just us.” “One more drink then.” “Bar’s closed.” Rage builds, he raises his head, eyes forceful. “You refuse the Devil?” The bartender’s heart thumped ruthlessly, clenched fists, eyes glassy and firey, “How dare you Impersonate me! Death!”

  11. Mary was walking on a dark, windy night. A figure followed her. She heard someone call her. “Mary, Mary,” it whispered in her ear, “play with me, Mary. I’ll come get you.” Mary saw a dead body on the floor, its head and feet cut off. The blood was everywhere.

  12. One evening, I was sitting on my couch watching TV. Suddenly, the lights started flickering, then they went off. I used my phone as a flashlight and went down to the basement to check the power box. The door closed by itself. I ran upstairs but the door was locked.

  13. One evening, I was sitting on my couch watching TV. Suddenly, the lights started flickering, then they went off. I used my phone as a flashlight and went down to the basement to check the power box. The door closed by itself. I ran upstairs but the door was locked.

  14. A man lived in the forest who loved to sleep. One night a furry ghost appeared. He was scared so he went back to sleep and dreamed about the ghost. It told him, “Stop sleeping. Go find something that you love except sleep.” He woke up and couldn’t say anything.

  15. One evening, I was sitting on my couch watching TV. Suddenly, the lights started flickering, then they went off. I used my phone as a flashlight and went down to the basement to check the power box. The door closed by itself. I ran upstairs but the door was locked.

  16. The day has ended – people were in their homes and also in the house of Scarlet. The people who lived in the house have died but their souls stayed. They’ve taken the bodies from the ones they killed. Every Halloween they eat the souls of trick or treaters,”join us”.

  17. If you believe in the dead, you must believe in ghosts. I had a terrifying dream – people were killing each other because of a horrific disease which caused people to lose control over their minds. And I became a victim of it until I opened my eyes.

  18. I just move into a house.
    There’s no one around expect the house across the street.
    There’s only an old lady living there. She warns me to careful of what’s inside the house.
    One midnight, the light wasn’t working and I heard a sobbing in the closet.
    Blood!!! Dead!!!

  19. One very terrifying night at a haunted castle. A boy wanted to trick or treat on Halloween night. The little boy went to the castle and saw an old lady on the ground with cockroaches coming out of her eyes and snakes biting her body. Then the snakes, cockroaches attackeds

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