Halloween Story Contest

We here at Arcadia Publishing and The History Press love a good ghost story. From Revolutionary ghosts and Civil War specters to haunted towns and eerie cemeteries, we eagerly await the season of spooks and spirits each year!

Writers young and not-so-young are invited to submit a spooky story based on legend or lore from your hometown. Share your original and spine-tingling tale based on any era of history. Our author judges will select one winner from both the adult and young writers’ categories. Winners get their choice of 10 books from the Haunted America series by The History Press. Photographs and illustrations are welcome and encouraged! Winners will be announced on Friday, October 30, 2015 and their stories will be featured on our website, social media channels and newsletter.


• Submit your story no later than Sunday, October 25, 2015 to historybooks@arcadiapublishing.com
• Maximum word count of 1500 words.
• Story must be in a Word or Google document.
• By submitting your story, you agree to let Arcadia Publishing and The History Press share your story on their website and social media channels. Your work will be credited.
• Young writers (under 18 years of age) – you need to have parent or guardian permission to enter the contest; please include this permission form in the email with your story.
• Submit photo or art credits with all images.
• Entries should be previously unpublished; limit one story per person.
• Please include a third-person bio of about 50 words. This will be shared along with your story.
• Winners will be selected at the sole discretion of our judges. Prizes will be awarded accordingly.


The following Haunted series authors will serve as judges for the contest:

•Ed Macy, Haunted Harbor: Charleston's Maritime Ghosts and the Unexplained
•Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Historic Haunts of Long Island
•Janice Oberding, Haunted Virginia City