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Friday, November 03, 2017
Ghost Stories

T-G ghost story, spooky drawing winners named

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dylan Handy and Amelia Donnelly are this year's winners of the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest, while Caydince Waller won our "spooky drawing" contest.

Each of the three winners will receive $25.

The entries were judged by members of the T-G newsroom. The winning drawing and stories, along with selected honorable mention entries, are included in today's Times-Gazette.

Caydince, a fifth grader at Southside Elementary, impressed the judges with her extreme and cleverly-composed close-up drawing of Frankenstein's monster, close enough to see his bloodshot eyes.

Amelia, a 12-year-old who attends Community Middle School, wrote "The Jacket," the winning story in our division for ages 9-13.

Dylan wrote "The Final Train Ride," which won in our adult division.

There were no known entries in our division for ages 14-17, which has often been our lightest category in the past. Several entries were submitted without any indication of age, and we made an effort to contact those contestants to find out which division they should be judged in, but we did not get a response in time for judging. One entrant submitted their story as a link to a file in a cloud storage system which we were unable to access; again, we reached out to the contestant to try to resolve the situation, but did not receive a response in time to judge the entry.

We thank all of those who entered the contest, as well as several educators who encouraged their students to try their hand. Douglas Camp encouraged his Community Middle School students to write stories, and they, in turn, encouraged him to submit one!

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