(Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by Saugus.net this week.)
Saugus.net has announced the winners for its 25th annual Halloween ghost story contest. The contest has an international reach, and two of the 12 winners were from outside the United States. None were from Massachusetts this year. The winners came from California, England (UK), Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Munster (Ireland), New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas. Entries came from many U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as a smattering of countries scattered across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Competition was fierce. As the number of entries coming from out of state and from other countries has been increasing, the number of local winners has been on the average decreasing.
Saugus.net is actively looking for more volunteer judges to help with stories next year. Right now, it is likely this will be the final year of the contest in its current form, as the number of judges has been in a steady decline. If you are interested in possibly judging one of the story categories and are not afraid to read a couple hundred pages of short horror stories within the span of about a week, please reach out to Saugus.net. This is especially true if you have a relevant background as an English teacher, professional author or literary editor!
All the winning stories themselves plus charts showing the distribution of winners can be found online at https://www.saugus.net/Contests/Halloween/. For further information, please contact Eric Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.