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Press-Telegram Scary Stories Contest

It’s that time of the year again. Submissions for the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s annual Scary Story Contest are now open — and the P.T. is frightfully ready to “read your most ghastly stories and gaze upon your most horrifying artworks.”

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

The Press-Telegram will publish the winning entries on Sunday, Oct. 31. Better known as Halloween.

This year, top finishers for stories and artwork in each age group will receive a $20 In-N-Out gift card.

Here are the rules:

  • The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11;
  • For story submissions, please fill out this online form. No mail or in-person submissions will be accepted;
  • All artwork entries must be emailed, with the subject line “Scary Stories,” to Drawings should be submitted in JPEG format and be no larger than 5 megabytes in size;
  • Stories must be no longer than 650 words;
  • Artwork must be original (no tracings); and
  • Entries will be judged based on imagination, creativity, theme and quality.

Questions? Contact City Editor Chris Haire at 562-499-1254 or

WINNING ARTWORK – “Unfazed” by Michael Decastro of CAMS was the winning artwork in the High School category of the Press-Telegram's 2020 Scary Stories Contest.