BCPL an­nounces An­nual Ghost Story Con­test


In 2016, Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brar y in­tro­duced the Tales of the Dead Short Hor­ror Story Con­test. The con­test was in­spired by a ghost story writ­ing chal­lenge 200 years ago which led to the cre­ation of Franken­stein’s mon­ster and the first mod­ern vam­pire story. In the spirit of that con­test, and in con­junc­tion with A Toast Among Ghosts, the Foun­da­tion for Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary’s an­nual Poe-themed fes­ti­val, the li­brary is once again chal­leng­ing you to write your own orig­i­nal hor­ror story. Any­thing that goes bump in the night is fair game — ghosts, ghouls, gob­lins...what­ever fright­ens you. Just frighten us!

There are two cat­e­gories: Adult (21+) and Un­der 21. First, sec­ond and third place adult win­ners will be se­lected by a panel of judges in­clud­ing li­brar­i­ans and pub­lished au­thors. Cri­te­ria for judg­ing in­cludes orig­i­nal­ity, fear fac­tor and qual­ity of writ­ing.

The adult win­ners and one guest each will re­ceive tick­ets to A Toast Among Ghosts on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6, where the win­ners will be in­vited to read their sto­ries around the ghost stor y fire pit. En­tries must be re­ceived by Septem­ber 21. The win­ning sto­ries will be pub­lished on the Foun­da­tion web­site. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied on Septem­ber 28.

For full con­test en­try rules, visit the Foun­da­tion for Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brar y web­site: http://www.foun­da­tion­for­bcpl.org/events/a-toast-among­ghosts/tales-of-the-dead-con­testrules/.

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