I have interrupted my hoovering (aah, I love a good hoover on a Saturday. And no, I am NOT joking!) to bring you news of a ghost story competition in today’s Times. My very-well-trained mother has just texted me about it and I could have kept it all to myself but I am feeling bountiful, so I am sharing.
However, I feel it’s only right to tell you, that as the closing date is 23rd October and that is my birthday – and also the birthday of Alice Parrant – one or other of us is probably destined to win.
But if that hasn’t put you off, here are the details.
The tricky part is: you’ve only got 50 words! That doesn’t leave much room for anything except a couple of ‘ooooh’s and ‘aaarrrrrgh’s – if that’s not all too ‘Scooby Doo’. But I’m sure you’ll think of something. See, all that practice I’ve given you with the 250 mini-sagas, wasn’t in vain.
The first prize is £200-worth of selected books chosen by Random House and Profile, plus a signed set of Susan Hill’s ghost stories. Three runners-up will also win signed copies of Susan Hill’s ghost stories.
Send your entry in the body of the email (ie: no attachments) to: firstname.lastname@example.org with Ghost Story in the subject line or post it to Ghost Story, Books, The Times, 3 Thomas More Square, London E98 1TT.
Include your name, address and telephone number. Entries must be received by 5pm Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Winners will be notified by October 27 and their names printed in The Times on October 29. There will be one winner and three runners-up. One entry per person. UK and Republic of Ireland only.
P.S: If you missed them in an earlier post, there are some more ghost story competitions here. There’s still (just!) time to enter.
P.P.S: The Telegraph ran a ghost story competition a couple of years ago and if you want to get yourself in the mood by reading the shortlisted entries, they’re here. They are, however, all a lot longer than 50 words!
Don’t have nightmares…!