Press-Telegram’s Scary Story Contest for Students in the Long Beach Area is back – Press Telegram

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Creaky floorboards, ominously locked doors, abandoned houses.

Ghosts, zombies, poltergeists.

Disappear, nightmares come to life – and the dark minds of the Long Beach area students.

That’s right: it’s time again for the Press-Telegram’s annual Scary Story Contest, where students battle to see who can scare us the most. We want to read your most hideous stories and marvel at your most appalling works of art.

  • Press-Telegram’s Scary Story Contest is back. And we need your submissions. Last year, 16-year-old Long Beach resident Michael Decastro won this piece, titled “Unfazed,” as the best illustration in the high school division. (Courtesy Michael Decastro)

  • Press-Telegram’s Scary Story Contest is back. And we need your submissions. Last year, 13-year-old Mikayla Brumbelow of Long Beach won this untitled artwork for best illustration in middle school. (Courtesy Mikayla Brumbelow)

  • Press-Telegram’s Scary Story Contest is back. And we need your submissions. Last year, this untitled artwork from 10-year-old Long Beach resident Ariel Petel won best illustration in elementary school. (Courtesy Ariel Petel)

As usual, there will be three age groups for stories and drawings: elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8) and high school. Students can submit a story, a drawing, or both. The entries will be rated separately.

The press telegram will publish the winning entries on Sunday, October 31, better known as Halloween.

But this year the winners have an added benefit: the top story and artwork finishers in each age group will receive a $ 20 In-N-Out gift card.

Here are the rules:

  • The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday, October 11th
  • To submit stories, please fill out this online form. No postal or personal submissions will be accepted.
  • All artwork entries must be sent by email with the subject “Scary Stories” to [email protected] Drawings should be submitted in JPEG format and should not be larger than 5 megabytes.
  • Stories cannot be longer than 650 words.
  • The work of art must be original (no replicas).
  • Entries will be judged based on imagination, creativity, topic and quality.

If you have any questions, please contact City Editor Chris Haire: 562-499-1254 or [email protected]

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