Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween! Spooky Story Winners and Some Scary Good Linkage


Happy Halloween, AC family! Are you ready to get scared? After a week of reading scary stories, we've picked out our very favorite and two runners-up. Turn out all the lights, dip into the candy you're giving out to all the little boys and ghouls later tonight, and read on.

(Photo credit: Nvadim of Sxc.hu)

Without further ado, the winner of our Halloween Flash Fiction contest and the $100 prize is... David Donch, for the creepy and witty vignette, "Parts!" After you read it, you may never break into a junkyard on a dark and stormy night again. Then again, maybe you already had enough common sense not to break into a junkyard on a dark and stormy night!

Since we received so many great submissions, we're announcing two runners-up as well. Each will receive a $25 open assignment to write about the topic of their choice.

Our first runner-up is The Thirteenth Scarecrow, by Mark Perretta. This spooky story is creepy without being graphic. Go ahead and read it to your older kids to give them a scare!

Our second runner-up is There's Something Out There Digging, by John Robertson. What will happen to the young narrator when her mother invites a mysterious creature to breakfast with the family?

Which of the hundreds of spooky entries was your favorite? Post it in the comments section!

Meanwhile, back at AC, there's some fun news to share: For the past few days, some of the best Halloween articles on Associatedcontent.com have been linked to directly from Yahoo! Events, on a special Halloween page. Check out the box in the lower right corner of the page.

18 comments:

Pamela said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Jan Corn said...

Off to check them out right now. Thanks for sharing the info!

Linda Ann Nickerson said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Krista Keathley said...

Congratulations to the winners! My favorite entry is "The Pretend Game" by Stacey Laatsch, a Bradbury-esque scary story seen through the eyes of a child.

John Robertson said...

I just wanted to thank everyone at AC, and all the other writers that turned in great stories for the contest. This is the first time I've written flash fiction or even a "scary" story, so being mentioned at all is a wonderful surprise!

Thank you very much!

Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben said...

Good choices! It can't have been easy- I know there were many great entries. Great idea about the runners-up slots.

David W. Moore said...

Congratulations David; that was some scary stuff.

Michelle M. Guilbeau-Sheppard said...

Cogratulations to all the winners!

Michelle M. Guilbeau-Sheppard said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

T Anderson said...

Congratulations David! I know I tried my hand at this, but mine didn't eve come close!

JCTorpey aka ~GothicGeek~ said...

Congrats to all the winners! Especially considering two of them are all new AC'ers! hope to see much more from each of them... ~JC Torpey

Shan-Lyn Forsythe said...

Congrats to all the winners. It was fun reading all the stories. :)

jsnapp said...

Congratulations to the winners. I don't celebrate Halloween but I like a good, scary story. This was my first attempt at flash fiction.

Queen Mom said...

Congrats to all of the winners!

eloahjames said...

This one was my favorite. (except for my own entry, of course ;) )

Cindy Eckhart said...

Congrats! Great Work!

favefive said...

Congratulations to all winners!

favefive said...

James R. Coffey's "Confession" was one of my favorites. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5934750/confession.html?cat=44