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Imagine a group of strangers sitting around a campfire, listening and watching, silent and unmoving, as you spin a terrifying tale, knitting its loathsome strands together one by one as the firelight flickers about your face.
This is the effect — the atmosphere — Coquitlam and Port Moody public libraries want you to create with your submissions for their annual Scary Story Contest for young people, sponsored by The Tri-City News.
So indulge your storytelling skills, evoke unsettling details, disturb the judges. Make them believe your story is not just a story. Make their skin crawl!
As in years past, entries are welcome in two age categories: 11 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years. The rules are:
• Only residents of Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra can submit stories.
• Stories must be e-mailed — as a Word attachment and/or as text inside the body of the e-mail — to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, Oct. 20 (submissions sent later than Oct. 20 will not be considered).
• Stories can be no longer than 500 words (the title does not count towards the total).
• Each story must include the following words: sepulchral, fathomless and unnerving.
• Writers must include their name, age, city of residence and phone number with their entries.
• Each entry must be entirely original, written only by the author whose name is included with the entry.
Winners in each age category will receive prizes valued at: $75, $50 and $25 for first-, second- and third-place winners respectively.
And some winning entries will be published in The Tri-City News on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The annual Scary Story Contest is a partnership between Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and The Tri-City News.