Second Annual Scary Story Contest | 2022 Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions

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This year, over 20 children and teens participated in the South Pasadena Public Library’s second Scary Story Contest. Children’s Services Librarian Judy Neeb was astounded by this year’s submissions. “The entries for this year’s contest were outstanding and it was difficult to pick a handful of stories that would be featured in this year’s booklet.”

Film Director Xanthe Pajarillo, who served as guest judge, was awed by the imaginative talent of the children and teens of South Pasadena. “Hollywood is seriously missing out on some the most original stories I have ever read.”

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the second Scary Story Contest:

Lost in the Woods by Ava, 1st Grade

The Eye Drinker by Emi, 3rd Grade

What Lies Below by Winona, 5th Grade

Always Read the Label by Bay, 7th Grade

We are also pleased to announce the following Honorable Mentions:

Ryan’s Adventure by Amani, Kindergarten

The Ghost of Smar Tie Isme by Will, 4th Grade

Howl and Slither by Mustafa, 3rd Grade

MacArthur by Benjamin, 10th Grade

The winning entries and honorable mentions will be collected in a mini-booklet that will be distributed at the Library at the end of October 2022. The Library would like to offer congratulations to the winners and the honorable mentions and thank all those who participated and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc., which sponsored the contest.

The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena. Visit the Library website at for information about services and programs. The Library is open Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.