Library hosts spooky story contest

Holiday themed gourds are on display at the Douglas County Public Library's Minden branch.

Holiday themed gourds are on display at the Douglas County Public Library's Minden branch.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.


The Douglas County Public Library is holding a Spooky Story Contest for all ages. Dates for submission are through Oct. 28. Voting will occur Nov. 1-4. There will be prize baskets for first and second place winning entries in each age range.

Submission requirements for kids (ages 5-12) are to create a monster, write a three-sentence description about their monster, and draw a picture.

Submission requirements for teens (ages 13-17) are to write an original spooky story including a monster in Douglas County that is 1-2 pages in length, double spaced. An accompanying drawing is optional.

Submission requirements for adults (ages 18-plus) are to write an original scary story five pages in length maximum, double spaced.

Submissions can be turned in by email to, or by dropping them off at the Minden Library, Lake Tahoe Branch, or on the Bookmobile. One submission per person. Submissions must be accompanied by a registration form. No graphic violence or sexual content please. Work published previously in any copyrighted newspaper, magazine, book or other medium is ineligible.

The Spooky Story Contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. During the month of October, the Library will be hosting a variety of scary films. 

“Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis is 10 a.m. Oct. 13. 

“The Shining” starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall will be showing 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

Both films are rated R and are intended for adults.

The Minden Library is located at 1625 Library Lane. The Lake Tahoe Branch is located at 233 Warrior Way. Connect with the Douglas County Public Library on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,, or call 775-782-9841.


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