Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s 3-Sentence Horror Story Contest! The challenge was to write a horror story in three sentences. Library staff picked their favorite in each of the age categories (kids, teens, and adults) to win a $25 gift card to Black Bear Burritos and we are pleased to announce the following winners:
Kalli Mahle (Winner of the Kids Category)
Panting for breath, I ran into the dark cemetery, hoping that the police wouldn’t find me there. I whipped around quickly when a cold and clammy hand touched my shoulder and I was thrown to the ground. Hundreds of bony arms grabbed me, rising from the graveyard, pulling me deeper underground, farther, and farther away from civilization.
Ainsley Smith (Winner of the Teen Category)
As I walk down the alleyway, the darkness surrounds me, pulling me in, until I stumble across a man with groceries. I ask him to help me find my way out of here, however I begin to smell a strong, rotting stench. As he begins to look at me, with that evil, bloody smile… I realize those weren’t groceries.
Matthew Monnin (Winner of the Adult Category)
When we first bought our house I found a door in our basement, but when I showed my wife she asked me if I was pranking her because she knew that room had only one door. No one else that I’ve shown the door to can see it or feel it, and when people started getting worried I dropped it to save face. The only reason I bring it up now is because the scratching from the other side is getting louder, and I feel the door will not hold it back much longer.
We uploaded 12 stories in our Dial-a-Story October lineup: 304-826-BOOK (2665)! This is a phone number you can call 24/7 and listen to stories, jokes, and poems. No internet required — just a phone.
Dial 1: “Goldfish Ghost” by Lemony Snicket (children’s story read by Lynda)
Dial 2: “Frankenstink!” by Ron Lightburn (children’s story read by Sarah P.)
Dial 3: “Goodnight Monster” by Helen Ketteman (children’s bedtime story read by Lynda)
Dial 4: “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies (children’s story read by Sarah P.)
Dial 5: Joke Line for all ages (read by Sarah P.)
Dial 6: “Nature Stopped and Listened” a poem from “Getting Stronger” by Pittsburgh author Keshara Bailey
Dial 7: “Cinderella Skeleton” by Robert D. San Souci (read by Tessa)
Dial 8: “Teacher from The Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler (read by John B.)
Dial 9: “The Frogs and Toads All Sang” by Arnold Lobel (read by Tessa)
Dial 10: “Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat” by Eileen Christelow (read by Ruth)
Dial 11: How to Build a Haunted House by Frank Tupta (read by Lexie)
Dial 12: Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson (read by Shelby)
At the end of each selection, you will automatically be redirected to the main menu, but if you don’t want to wait until the end, you can dial # to go to the main menu.
You have exactly 3 sentences to scare the bejeezus out of us! Online submissions are accepted through October 21st for three different age categories: kids, teens, and adults at https://bit.ly/3EFGiSM. A panel of judges will select a winner from each age category. Winners get a $25 gift card to Black Bear Burritos!
Disclaimer: Contest submissions and author names may be shared on Morgantown Public Library System’s publications and social media. All other personal information will be kept private and will only be used for contact if you are a winner.
All Morgantown Public Library locations are now offering FREE notary services! Participating locations include our four branches and the Aull Center for Local History.
About notaries: https://www.nationalnotary.org/…/what-is-a-notary-public