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Halloween Story Contest 2012
updated: Oct 27, 2012, 12:00 PM

Boo! Did we scare you? Can you guess what time it is? All the warm weather we've been having might lead some of us to believe that it's still summer. But the dedicated staff of edhat.com is a sharp bunch. Once we started walking through spider webs on our way to just about everywhere, and noticed the hundreds of bags of tiny candy bars at CVS, we knew Halloween was on deck. And you know what that means…

It's time for the Fourth Annual Edhat Halloween Story Writing Contest (EHSWC)!

So dust off that fountain pen, grab a sheet of parchment, and start writing. As usual, we've given you a head start.

Here are the rules:

Entries can be no longer than 660 words (including the provided beginning), should be suitable for all ages (PG content, please), must include the opening we have provided, and must contain the following three words or phrases:

The Real Housewives of Santa Barbara

Your story can be scary or funny or something in between. All entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of Ed's friends, based on the following criteria:

Word count Inclusion of the required beginning and words or phrases, and If the judges like it

The Edhat dog will decide any ties.

Send your entry to ed@edhat.com by Midnight, 10-28-12. Enter "Writing Contest" in the subject line. Please include your name. Winner will be announced and the winning story posted on Wednesday, 10- 31-12. Honorable Mention stories will also be posted.

Here's the beginning of the story…good luck!

Sunlight shone through a crack in the curtains. Dawn had arrived, and with it another beautiful day in Santa Barbara. In the distance, the bells of the Mission tolled, and a train whistle signaled its passing. Birds sang out and the sounds of traffic were just beginning. Everything seemed so regular, so normal. And yet, nothing was normal at all…


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