Scary Story Contest for Kids and Teens | South Pasadena Public Library

Winners will be announced in mid-October

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In celebration of Halloween, the South Pasadena Public Library will hold a Scary Story Contest. Children and teens in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit entries to the South Pasadena Public Library from Monday, August 23 through Saturday, September 18. Submissions should be delivered to the South Pasadena Public Library Children’s Services desk. The winners will be announced in mid-October.

Submissions must include an official entry form, which are available on the Children’s Services web page at and in the library, starting on Monday, August 23. Submitted stories can be up to 300 words, or 1 page typed. One entry per person. No weapons may be used in the story. All entries must be the original work of the student. Parents may transcribe a young child’s story. Entries will be judged for creativity and originality. The winning compositions will be featured on the library’s website and social media.

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The entries will be judged by the Children’s Services librarians and by special judge, Sam Wineman, a Los Angeles based writer and director known for his horror film, The Quiet Room. The Scary Story Contest is sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc.

For more information about other upcoming free library children’s programs, visit the Library at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena or call Children’s Services at (626) 403-7358. Information about current Library Abridged service is available on the Library at The South Pasadena Public Library is open on Mondays through Thursdays 1:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To be notified about service changes, sign up to receive informational emails from the library here: