September 24, 2020

BAPL Ghost Story Writing Contest

Chillier weather, darker evenings, and the lonely rustle of leaves scratching at the door – the perfect time for sharing a good ghost story! Here’s a chance to thrill us and chill us with your own best spooky stories.

PLEASE READ the rules carefully and fill out the form completely. For further questions, please email with the subject line “GHOST STORY.” Have fun writing!


1. The contest is open to youth aged 7 to 15.

2. Submit your ghostly tale in one of the following age categories: Ages 7-9, Ages 10-12, Ages 13-15.

3. The contest runs until Monday, October 19th, 2020.

4. The story must be your own work: either an original piece, or a retelling (in your own words) of a ghost story that you’ve heard.

5. Judges will pick two winners in each age / story category, and winners will be announced the last week in October.

6. The winning authors may choose to have their stories shared on one of the library’s social media platforms (with parent consent). A small prize will be awarded to each winner as well.

7. Limit of one story per writer. Individual entries only; group or class submissions will not be accepted.

8. The entries may be typed or LEGIBLY written. Entries may be submitted through the form below, by dropping them off at any of the Bethlehem Area Public Library locations or by emailing them to with the subject line GHOST STORY.