Two-Sentence Horror Story Contest

Participate in our first ever 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest!

It was a dark and stormy night when the library decided to host our first ever 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest! What is a 2-Sentence Horror Story? It is just like it sounds, it is a scary story told in only two sentences. Here are some examples:


The grinning face stared at me from the darkness beyond my bedroom window. I live on the 14th floor.

They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap. From the main room I begin to hear popping.

Contest Rules:

  1. One entry per person.
  2. Must be 14 years or older to participate.
  3. Entries must be received by the deadline of October 20.
  4. Stories must be made up of only 2 sentences. Those that do not follow the 2-sentence rule will be disqualified.
  5. Submissions that violate privacy, promote illegal activity, or incite violence will be disqualified. Subject matter must be appropriate for display in the Library and on Library social media.
  6. All entries MUST be original work. Any work that has been plagiarized will be disqualified. 
  7. Entries must be less than 200 words. 
  8. Must be a resident of Milwaukee County

How to Enter: 
To enter the contest, submit your 2-Sentence Horror Story to this form:

Choosing the Winners:
We'll let you decide which are the best horror stories. Check back on this page beginning October 21 to begin voting on your favorites. Prizes will be awarded. 


Prizes for Adults:
First Place- Literary Themed Gift Basket that Includes the new novel by Stephen King, Fairy Tale
Second Place- $15 Boswell Books Gift Card
Third Place- $10 Boswell Books Gift Card


Prizes for Teens:
First Place- $25 Starbucks Gift Card
Second Place- $10 Starbucks Gift Card
Third Place- $5 Starbucks Gift Card