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.

This year’s competition is now closed. Keep in touch to find out about future submissions to Hannah’s Bookshelf on Twitter or Facebook.

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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