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2-Sentence Horror Story Contest: Home

Submit and view entries to LSU Libraries' 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest!

2021 Winners

We received more than 200 terrifying submissions from students all over campus. All of them thoroughly spooked us! There can only be three winners, though, so congratulations to the winners of our 2021 contest!

1. Everyone always told Jenny she had her mother's eyes. But she had her father's eyes, too, tucked away on the top shelf. - Amy Ruckman, undergraduate, English

2. My mom's dementia makes her forget my name most days. I don't think she's forgotten what I did, though, because she still screams whenever she sees my face. - Isabel Willems, undergraduate, Communication Studies and Spanish

3. "I'm hungry," she said. "Obviously," I said, pressing my hand to my neck to slow the flow of blood. - Jack Zawlacki, graduate, Creative Writing

Can't get enough? Check out the other scary submissions!

Are you full of spooky ideas? Have a terrifying tale to share? Enter LSU Libraries' 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest!

Share your original mini story starting October 4. Get your submission in by October 22. Winners will be selected and contacted the week of Halloween by a panel of Libraries' faculty and staff using a blind review (no identifying information included). The prizes include trophies and swag bags for first, second, and third place!

Need inspiration? Here's an example:

"Growing up with cats and dogs, I got used to the sounds of scratching at my door while I slept. Now that I live alone, it is much more unsettling."


  • Participants must be LSU undergraduate or graduate students with a valid LSUID number.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central on October 22, 2021.
  • Winners will be contacted by email and announced on this webpage on or before November 1, 2021.
  • Students may submit more than one story, but are only eligible to win one prize.
  • Submissions must be original stories that are two sentences long (no more than 500 characters).
  • By entering the contest, you agree to let LSU Libraries share your story on its website and social media.
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