Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

3 Minute Scares

3 Minute Scares is back for 2021!

Can you tell a scary story in just 3 minutes? Do you live in Greater Manchester? Want to win a fantastic prize and be named Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith for 2021? This Halloween, I’m once again looking for the spookiest flash fiction in Greater Manchester for a competition on Hannah’s Bookshelf (my weekly radio show on North Manchester FM).

We’re looking for clever, quirky and unusual ‘spooky’ stories – how you interpret that is up to you! Quality writing, good use of form and pacing, and a dash of the unexpected would be welcome.

The best entries will be played on this year’s Halloween episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf (on Saturday 30th October), with the winner receiving a fantastic prize from Breakout Manchester and the title of Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith. I am delighted to announce that this year our guest judge for 3 Minute Scares will be the horror legend himself Ramsey Campbell!

This year’s competition is now closed. Please follow me on Facebook or Twitter for announcements about upcoming competitions.

Before you send in your entry, please have a read of these rules…
1. Entries must be no more than 3 minutes long. This means a word count of roughly 350-400 words. Shorter entries will be considered. Multiple entries allowed.
2. Entrants must live in the Greater Manchester area (i.e. boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan).
3. Deadline for entries is midnight, Monday 11th October.
4. Shortlisted stories will be broadcast on Hannah’s Bookshelf on Saturday 30th October (2-4pm), and then available via ‘listen again’ on the station’s website for a number of weeks. By submitting an entry, you agree to the broadcast of your recording on the show through these channels. All other rights remain with the authors.
5. Entries must be the author’s original work, and the entrant must hold the broadcast rights to the piece.
6. Due to broadcasting regulations, stories must not contain profanity, defamation or endorsement of illegal activity. Obviously, a Halloween story is likely to contain some wickedness, so common sense will also be applied. If your story contains swearing, it will still be considered for the competition… but some words might be bleeped out for broadcast.
7. Shortlisting will be done by Hannah Kate, with the final selection made by the guest judge.
8. If you are unable to record your story for any reason, please do get in touch. Alternative arrangements can be made.

3 Minute Scares Winners 2021:
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Rachel Halsall
2nd Place: Tony Harrison
3rd Place: Andy N

3 Minute Scares Winners 2020:
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Rose Cullen
2nd Place: Bridie Breen
3rd Place: Julian Edge

3 Minute Scares Winners 2019:
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Bridie Breen
2nd Place: Keri Moriarty
3rd Place: Samuel Fitchett

3 Minute Scares Winners 2018:
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Keri Moriarty
2nd Place: Rachel Halsall
3rd Place: Benjamin Cassidy

3 Minute Scares Winners 2017:
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Fiona Cullen
2nd Place: Ian Peek
3rd Place: Benjamin Cassidy

3 Minute Scares Winners 2016:
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Ian Peek
2nd Place: Bridie Breen
3rd Place: Fiona Cullen

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