Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

3 Minute Scares

Can you tell a scary story in just 3 minutes? Want to win a fantastic prize from Breakout, Manchester’s real-life escape room game? This Halloween, I’m looking for the spookiest flash fiction in Greater Manchester for a competition on Hannah’s Bookshelf (my weekly radio show on North Manchester FM).

The best 5 entries will be played on this year’s Halloween episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf (on Saturday 29th October), with the winner receiving a fantastic prize from Breakout and the title of Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith.

3 Minute Scares will be judged by the wonderful Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlaínn and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes of MMU’s Centre for Gothic Studies. Sorcha will be joining me live on air on the Halloween show to introduce some of the entries.

To enter the competition, all you need is a microphone and a story. Once you’re ready to go, just hit the ‘Start Recording’ button below to begin recording your story. When you’re happy with it, submit your entry, but you can re-record it before you submit. If you have any problems or additional access requirements, please get in touch via the contact form.

This is a creative writing competition, so we’re looking for style, originality and – above all – spookiness. Don’t be tempted to literally try and scare me – entries that consist of bangs, weird noises and mutterings aren’t likely to make it to the shortlist! A well-crafted piece of flash fiction is what’s needed to win the grand prize.


Entries: recording of a scary/spooky story, no more than 3 minutes long
Judges: Hannah Kate, Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlaínn and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes
Prize: game for 2-5 people in one of Breakout Manchester’s escape rooms
Deadline: Friday 21 October, 6pm

Sorry… the competition has now closed. Please follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates on future events and shows.

Competition Winners 2016:

Runners-Up: Benjamin Cassidy, Emma Makarova
3rd Place: Fiona Cullen
2nd Place: Bridie Breen
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Ian Peek