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Calling all Halloween writers!

In partnership with News-O-Matic we are excited to help promote the Spooktacular Story Contest! The writing contest for kids promotes literacy and storytelling — while getting kids excited in the Halloween spirit. Teachers and parents, please encourage your kids to write a Halloween story – spooky or funny, scary or creative, or a bit of both – but let them write it for a chance to get it published! The winning story will be featured on myON NEWS and News-O-Matic and “brought to life” with illustrations! 



  • ​​​​​Elementary: Students 10 years old or younger
  • Upper Elementary/Middle School: Students between the ages of 11 and 14.

This contest is open to children in any country in the world.

WHAT: Write a spooky story about Halloween! All submissions must be original work. Stories MUST not be more than 250 words in length. (Longer stories will not be read.) There is no charge to enter, so submit as many stories as you’d like! Submit alone or submit as part of a group. Younger students may also choose to submit a poem.

WHEN: All entries must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. (ET) on Friday, October 20, 2017. Winners will be announced the following week.

HOW: Submit your entry using the form listed to the left. Complete the form and be sure to include your name, a guardian’s e-mail address, and a name for your story.

WHY: Two grand prize winners will be published in a News-O-Matic article and myON NEWS. (There will be one for each age range: 10 and younger and 11 to 14. Each will win a $50 iTunes gift card!