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Press-Telegram Scary Stories Contest

The Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Scary Story Contest, an annual Halloween tradition, is back — and the P.T. is waiting for Long Beach-area kids to “grab your pens and petrify us” with the most nightmarish narratives and disturbing drawings. 

As usual, there will be three different 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 winning entries will appear in the Sunday, Oct. 30 edition of the Press-Telegram. The 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. 10;
  • 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.

Visit for more information. Questions? Contact City Editor Chris Haire at 562-499-1254 or

WINNING ARTWORK – “Hidden Fear” by Jackie Le of CAMS won best artwork in the high school category of the Press-Telegram's 2021 Scary Stories Contest. Select photo to view full image.