Can you give us goose bumps with your creativity?!
Make us nervously look around to make sure there are no ghoulish spirits watching us?
Give us thrills and chills with your imagination?!

That is exactly what we want you to do. As a part of our Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads event, we are holding a celebration of the written word for young writers in our community. October is a terrific season for storytelling and a time to imagine other worlds and spirits beyond our own.


Who can participate

There are two separate sections- one for middle schoolers, grades 6-8 and one for high school students, grades 9-12.


What to share with us

Short Stories or Poems, or both! Oh, My!

Ghost stories, scary tales, Halloween adventures.

Short Story
You can submit as many stories as you’d like. They need to be your work- original stories in your words.

Or an adaptation of another story, retold or reinvented in your own words. Adaptations are common in story telling and theatre. For adaptations, remember you can take a folk tale or a traditional scary ghost tale and change it in an original way to make a new story told from your perspective and with your ideas and words. New place? New character? Plot twists? Can you take a story you
know and turn it into a ghost story?

Story Length: 3-7 pages, double spaced (maximum 2,000 words)

You can submit 1 – 3 poems, any style.

We’d love to know what inspired your story or poetry.

Your submission can be written in any language. Please include a translation of your work into English.



The top two submissions in each age group and in each category (4 winners!) will be posted on our website, highlighted via social media and the writers will receive a gift card and goodies.


How to enter:

Please send entries to Melinda at
With your writing, please include:
Grade in school
School (We’d love to let them know you participated.)
Contact email

There are lots of ways to get inspired to write a ghost story. If you’d like some prompts, or have any questions, please email Melinda. The deadline for submissions is October 27.

Happy writing and we can’t wait to read your frightening work!!