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Haunted Astoria 2020

Short Story Writing Contest

At the heart of Haunted Astoria is the short-story writing contest.  We may weave other activities into the program, but the Writer’s Showcase is the centerpiece as we celebrate the authors who contributed to the event each year.


The Writer's Challenge for 2020!


Theme:    Quarantined


We give artistic reign for authors to interpret the theme – however,

we encourage writers to incorporate historical references or locations to pin the story to our region.  Unlike past years, authors can use any north coast community within Clatsop or Pacific county (OR/WA) as their backdrop.


Word Count:  Up to 1200


Cash Prizes:           

First Pace:  $125

Second Place: $85

Third Place:  $50


​Deadline:   5 pm October 5.


Entry Fee:                

$10 (one entry per author)


Check/MO to:

Mudge Media

P.O. Box 1245

Astoria, OR   97103


Or we can invoice  you to pay be debit/credit card. Just email your name, email address to


Judges:   TBD.


Submission Instructions:

Digital file (Word or PDF)


Author name REMOVE from story pages


Cover Page:  Author Name, email, phone & mailing address (we

will remove before submitting to judges as this is a blind judging)


Writer’s Showcase:              

Saturday, October 24


Location:  TBA!  We are working on an interesting new venue.


A sampling of stories will be read by actors from Astor Street Opry

Company followed by announcement of the winners. 


​Writer Tips:            

Whether you live or are a visitor to the north coast we encourage you to:


Visit Clatsop County Historical Society Museum, Flavel House and Oregon Film Museum.


​Take the Astoria Underground Tour

Pacific County Historical Socieety & Musuem

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Seaside Museum & Historical Society

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