The Third Time is Definitely the Charm!
This year, the YCLAC received over 90 submissions for our 3rd Annual Halloween Writing Contest. The fame of the contest continues to spread (like a CDC escapee!); in addition to pieces by students from Yuba College, we also tricked students from Andros Karperos Middle School, Willows High School, and Butte College, plus writers from North Carolina, into giving us their creative treats. We had first time writers who want to be nurses, accountants, and long-time writers having fun with new forms.
And now, 13 Word Horror Stories.
The 13 Word Horror Story: Because Chills and Giggles Come in Small Packages
Once again, our most popular category was the 13 Word Horror Story. This year, nearly two-thirds of entries came in this category. Needless to say, this made it difficult to select our favorites, but after much review and (mostly) civilized discourse, we present the following winners and honorable mentions. As always, some entries gave us chills, while others made us giggle. For this reason, we chose two third place stories: one giggler, one creeper. Thanks to everyone who submitted, and we hope many more of you will submit next year!
First Place: Dinnertime
–by Megan Rutledge
The hungry zombies by my bed knew that they would soon be fed.
Second Place: Let’s Trick for a Treat
–by Zahari Martinez
“Trick or Treat?”
Oh, I guess we’re having children tonight.
Grab their feet.
Third Place (Creeper): Rotisserie
–by Brandon Hidalgo
She loved her rotisserie chicken.
Fearful humans taste best after a long roasting.
Third Place (Giggler): Shitty Situation
–by Rylan Keolanui
It’s Halloween night. You’re in a public restroom; there is no toilet paper.
Honorable Mention: Weight Loss
–by Matthew Wolder
Vampires in the night weren’t real
until I was just skin and bones.
Honorable Mention: Guess Who
–by Mia Meyer
I reached for the light, but a hand was
Honorable Mention: Prize Inside
–by Marcus Igarashi
I like this piñata, it’s candies are warm and it’s full of screams.
Honorable Mention: Bleak Ending
–by Seth Singh
I am the only one who meets you when your breath leaves you.
Honorable Mention: Devil’s Hour
–by Cristina Munoz
Three in the morning, I stared into the mirror…
she blinked at me.
Honorable Mention: Mother
–by Lilithanny Camacho-Balerio
At midnight, my mom always says goodnight.
She was murdered three years ago.