Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

3 Minute Scares

3 Minute Scares is back for its fourth frightful year!

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 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. This is a creative writing competition, so try not to focus on jump scares and sound effects!

The best entries will be played on this year’s Halloween episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf (on Saturday 26th October), with the winner receiving a fantastic prize and the title of Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith.

3 Minute Scares will be judged by the Halloween-tastic Andy Remic and Emily Oldfield of HAUNT Manchester.

The deadline for entries is midnight on 17th October 2019.

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, questions or access requirements, please get in touch via my contact form. If you’re unable to record a story, we can still accept an entry from you – get in touch with me to discuss other options.


The (not so) small print:

  1. In submitting your entry, you confirm that you are the copyright holder for the submitted work.
  2. In submitting your entry, you grant Hannah’s Bookshelf and North Manchester FM permission to broadcast your recording on the live show (FM and digital) and on the online catch-up service (for up to 4 weeks after broadcast). Permission to include your recording for in an online recording of the show will be sought if your entry is shortlisted.
  3. Entrants must live in one of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester: Manchester, Salford, Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford and Tameside.
  4. Hannah’s Bookshelf is a Saturday afternoon community radio show – so no swears, please! (Inclusion of swearwords will not automatically disqualify an entry; however, swearwords will be bleeped out for broadcast if included.)

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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