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2018 haunted facts

Updated 11/2/2018

The 2018 contest is over.  Watch here for updates about 2019!

Stories are found in the new tab "2018 Stories"

2018 Winners

First Place:  A Ghost Storia by Elaine McArdle
Second Place:  Maggie by Rob Johnstone
Third Place:  Just a Light by Jennifer S. Aossey

Honorable Mentions
The Grave Tender by David Ryan
and Killer Clam Tide by Sylvia Avery


Judges:  Our three judges are in place!  We are thrilled to have such a distinguished group judging the short story entries!

Mac Burns, Executive Director, Clatsop County Historical Society.

Ryan Hume, CCC Writing Instructor and Faculty Advisor for Rain.

Dinah Urell, Publisher of Hipfish and owner of Kala events.


Haunted Astoria Writer's Showcase:

Wednesday, October 24

4 - 5 pm  Tarot Readings by Judith Niland

$10 for five cards; $20 for a ten-card reading

5 - 6 pm Live music by Leanne Trevalyan

6 pm Live readings of contest entries followed by awards!

Inferno Lounge

Pier 11

Contest winners are announced following the reading of a sampling of story submissions, including the winning entries.  We will also have an open-mic session for people to share their own haunted experiences!


Leanne Trevalyan

The Writer's Challenge!


Graveyard of the Pacific

We give artistic reign for authors to interpret the theme. Scoring includes how writers incorporate the history, landscape, or historic buildings/landmarks of the area (including those that no longer exist) into their story.  However, this is intended to be fiction, so let the imaginations flourish!

Word Count:

Up to 1200

What They Win!

Cash Prizes

First Pace:  $125

Second Place: $85

Third Place:  $50

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Topaz & Perry Still -- Winner Awards

Inferno Lounge 

Special Thanks to

Clatsop County Historical Society

Hip Fish & Kala

Rain Magazine

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